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Climate response

Climate change has altered the way we think about our future. We’re committed to an urgent climate response and building a sustainable district.

Our Climate Action Framework looks at how to reduce our emissions by changing the way we do things, like introducing electric vehicles or LED streetlights, as well as how we adapt to the effects of climate change such as preparing for rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

We’re working to embed climate change into our operations and plans, and are planning community engagement to find out how we can better support the district to become a Sustainable Lifestyle Capital.

Draft Emissions Reduction Plan

Feedback on our 10-Year Plan in 2021 showed that 60% of residents either supported our climate action work or wanted us to do more. We’ve drafted a district-wide Emissions Reduction Plan that aims for a greener, cleaner future for our kids. Public feedback on the draft plan closed in July 2022. The Mayor and Councillors will make a decision on the final draft early in 2023.

View the Draft District-wide Emissions Reduction Plan

Current activities and initiatives include:

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Climate action framework

We're working on embedding climate change into our plans and operations, as well as planning for community engagement in 2022 to create a district-wide emissions reduction and adaptation plan.

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Trialing electric vehicles

Part of our work around climate change is trialing the use of electric vehicles in our fleet. The trial of two electric vehicles will find out of they are fit for our needs.

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Planting our place

We will help offset our emissions by planting 34 hectares of NPDC-owned land with native plants to improve biodiversity, meet carbon sequestration targets and create thriving natural environments for future generations.

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Just Transition

Taking a national leadership role through co-hosting with the Government the Just Transition Summit in May 2019.

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Ara Ake

New Zealand’s National New Energy Development Centre, Ara Ake being established in Taranaki .

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Taranaki 2050

Developing the region’s economic development strategy Tapuae Roa and Taranaki 2050 Roadmap to a low emissions future.

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H2 Taranaki

Supporting the development of the hydrogen economy through H2 Taranaki.

Read the H2 Taranaki roadmap

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Zero Waste

Investing $21m over the next 10 years towards Zero Waste, including a new rubbish collection service and trialling innovative ‘plastic asphalt made from yoghurt containers’ on roads.

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LED streetlights

Introducing LED streetlights, reducing carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes and saving more than $6.5 million in electricity over the next 20 years.

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Internal improvements

Making a number of internal changes such as, improving the Wastewater Treatment Plant and wastewater pump stations to significantly reduce electricity and natural gas use.

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Let's Go

Powering Let’s Go sustainable and active transport initiatives.

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Climate Change and Sustainability Activities

Our region is at the forefront of climate change adaptation and sustainability, and we are looking at our impact on the planet and making changes to our organisation.