Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Wellington in the race to reach zero carbon

Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on Te Atakura – First to Zero: its blueprint for a zero carbon capital city, which was released today.

The blueprint outlines key activities relating to transport, building energy, advocacy and other areas to reduce emissions that cause climate change. It balances activities that reduce emissions, like using electric cars, with others that absorb them, like planting trees, to reach its goal of zero carbon in Wellington city. It also outlines a plan for the Council itself to reach zero carbon.

Mayor Justin Lester says this is the perfect time to be talking about how Wellington can lead the way to a zero carbon future.

“The city is already preparing for a further 80,000 more people to make Wellington their home and the Council’s Planning for Growth consultation will guide where and how the city should grow.

“Te Atakura – First to Zero will help shape the Council’s view of what the city needs to look like in the future. Everything is connected,” says Mayor Lester.

Wellington City Council’s Climate Change Portfolio lead, Councillor David Lee, says the conversation with the public is a chance to hear a range of views on how to move to a zero carbon goal.

“Science is telling us our current low-carbon plan isn’t ambitious enough. We need to do more, and we need to do it faster,” says Councillor Lee.

“If we want to keep temperatures within the climate ‘safe zone’ we need to act more quickly to lower our carbon emissions by about half within 11 years, and to zero as soon as possible.”

The Council’s plan is ambitious and it needs to know it has the support of Wellingtonians to take strong, fast action.

Councillor Lee believes choosing not to act is not an option. A sea level rise of 1.4m could result in $7 billion in property damage, which is about 10% of the city’s property value. It could also compromise a quarter of the rates the Council takes in, making it difficult to fund responses to the challenge.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. The Council’s Sustainability Manager, Tom Pettit, believes Wellington could benefit significantly by leading initiatives to achieve zero emissions. In addition, more active forms of transport and higher standard homes could save money for Wellingtonians and present an appealing future for other reasons, particularly health benefits.

He believes Wellington can help reduce climate change and that every contribution makes a difference.

“We may feel small, but 80% of the world’s population lives in places with fewer than a million people. It’s small, courageous cities like Wellington that can lead the way to a zero carbon future,” says Tom.

Wellington City Council is asking for your vision of what a zero carbon capital would look like, and how quickly we should address it.

The consultation and feedback form can be found at zerocarboncapital.nz. Feedback closes on Friday 10 May 2019 at 5pm.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Be Pushed Into Re-opening Our Borders


I believe in yesterday as much as Paul McCartney, but it was bemusing to see the amount of media attention lavished last week on the pandemic-related musings by former government science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Air New Zealand chairman Rob Fyfe. Unfortunately, the Gluckman paper had no fresh insights to offer as to how and when New Zealand should re-open to visitors from places where the Covid-19 virus rages on, virtually unchecked. Instead, Gluckman and Co posed a string of rhetorical questions – I counted 23 of them in a three page document – presented as if no-one has ever considered such matters before... More>>
 

Isolation: Government And Air NZ Agree To Manage Incoming Bookings

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways

A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>

ALSO:


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>

ALSO:




Covid-19 Patient Info Leak: Hamish Walker - A Personal Statement And An Apology

I have spoken to National Party Leader Todd Muller and informed him that I passed to members of the media, by email, information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by a source. I did this to expose the Government’s shortcomings ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Labour Will Extend Loan Scheme 'lifeline' For Small Business

Labour has announced its plans to extend the Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme and spend $162 million on a waterway clean-up package. More>>

ALSO:


Biosecurity: Winston Peters On EU Travel: 'We're Not Going To Compromise Our Country's Health'

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return. More>>

Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels