New Zealand could soon start to meet its climate targets through an array of novel carbon-sinking activities, including natural methods such as wetland rejuvenation, blue carbon, and more unproven chemical technologies.

A Cabinet paper released by the Ministry for the Environment shows the Government is working on a new Carbon Removals Strategy. This document will be incorporated into the second Emissions Reduction Plan (covering 2026 to 2030) and seeks to find alternatives to planting trees.

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Marc Daalder is a senior political reporter based in Wellington who covers climate change, health, energy and violent extremism. Twitter/Bluesky: @marcdaalder