You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
The report outlines a plan for New Zealand to cut emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050, and says almost all cars imported by 2035 must be electric.
Emeritus Prof Frank Griffin, who directs the University of Otago Ag@Otago Research Theme, praised the report’s flexibility and efforts to take earlier concerns by submitters into account.
He was pleased there was now less emphasis on growing exotic trees for carbon sequestration, and support was shown for growing more native trees, including on steep slopes.
He believed that Otago-Southland and New Zealand agriculture could adapt.
He rated the report highly but wanted more attention paid to the major benefits in carbon sequestration linked to regenerative pasture use.
Associate Prof Alex Macmillan, of the Otago department of preventive and social medicine, also strongly welcomed the report, which meant a "huge improvement" in planning to meet goals in many sectors.
The report focused on "crucial public health policy" matters, and there were "definitely win-win possibilities" for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving health.
"The advice demonstrates that climate action is achievable with existing technologies, and acknowledges the opportunities to improve health and fairness through well-designed policies," she said.
Despite this, the specific sector policy recommendations often missed the chance to save lives and improve health equity because of a lack of health expertise on the commission.
Planned improvements, including warmer, drier housing as well as greater use of public transport, and more cycling and walking would also mean significant health benefits, she said.