The Government’s plan to tackle the climate crisis has been pushed back five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Newsroom reveals. The Zero Carbon Act currently requires the Government to release its Emissions Reduction Plan by the end of the year, but Climate Change Minister James Shaw said the Government would move the deadline back to May 2022. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities key to the Emissions Reduction Plan’s success to focus on getting through the worst of the COVID outbreak before engaging with the plan,” Shaw said.