Reactions to Wednesday's report from Environment Commissioner Simon Upton, reiterating the call for a Zero Carbon Act and independent climate commission.
* We all want to ensure that our natural environment can be enjoyed by our children and their children but it must be done carefully so as not to shock established sectors. - Todd Muller, National Party spokesperson for climate change
* For this commission to actually reduce New Zealand's emissions, we need it to be more than just talk and have some teeth. The Commission needs the power to act. - Russel Norman, Greenpeace executive director
* While the report focuses predominantly on mitigation, we cannot ignore climate change adaptation, which presents the biggest challenges for local government and New Zealand's communities. - Dave Cull, Local Government NZ president
* The Zero Carbon Act is about setting up the big picture framework that will drive practical, common sense actions to reduce our climate pollution. - Julie Anne Genter, acting minister for climate change
* It is disappointing more prominence has not been given to how New Zealand will adapt to climate change impacts. - Tim Grafton, Insurance Council chief executive
* A climate commission will be effective only if it is part of a broader institutional framework integrating technical advice, consensus on goals and strategies, and collaborative action. - Catherine Leining, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
* I agree with his [Mr Upton's] proposal that New Zealand's long-term emissions-reduction target should be set via a staged process, drawing on the advice of the new climate commission. - Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
* There are 'easy' wins but the policies that are needed to achieve them require investment and will challenge established interests.- Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Otago Research Centre, University of Otago.