Influencing and championing our future
It's our role to be active in advocating for climate change at a national and regional level.
We do this through:
- networking and gathering support
- co-investment with stakeholders on projects and initiatives.
It’s essential we communicate with all levels of government and work closely with communities and industries to deliver a net zero carbon capital by 2050.
Climate Change Commission advice to Government
The past year saw the release of a number of significant policies and guidance relating to climate change. Headlining these was the Climate Change Commission’s advice to Government.
Our submission to the Climate Change Commission encouraged them to be bold and to drive transformational change over the next 15 years, consistent with our own approach in Te Atakura - First to Zero.
Specifically, we had five key messages:
- Be more ambitious in setting budgets.
- Increase the speed and scale of the transport recommendations.
- Prioritise the role of behaviour change.
- Be clear that a significant increase in funding and support is required.
- Recognise the significance of local governments’ contribution and role.
Wellington City Council's submission on Climate Change Commission advice – cover letter (210KB PDF)
Consultation question-and-answer table (340KB PDF) | Text version (580KB RTF)
The Commission’s advice is comprehensive and covers a number of the advocacy initiatives we set out in Te Atakura.
National Emission Reduction Plan
In response to advice from the Climate Change Commission, the Government is required to release a plan for how we will transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future over the next 15 years.
In late 2021 the Government released a discussion document to seek feedback and help shape its National Emission Reduction Plan, which is expected to be finalised by May 2022.
Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future: emissions reduction plan discussion document - Ministry for the Environment
Our submission included a cover letter from the Mayor and detailed answers to specific questions from the Government.
Wellington City Council submission on Te hau marohi ki anamata, Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future (572KB PDF)
Progress on key areas of advocacy
Transport and urban form