Carbon sequestration: Forestry opportunities
Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, for example, by planting trees.
Despite Wellington's compact urban area, we've been proactively planting and protecting what forested areas we do have.
Although council-owned land for forestry is minimal, there are still rural areas suitable for planting trees.
The promotion of planting on private land will be done alongside planting of our own land holdings where possible.
It is also important to understand and promote the balance between native and exotic plant species, as while native trees are key to biodiversity, exotic plants capture and store much more carbon and many can be planted alongside natives.
Measuring our emissions
We measure and publicly report our corporate emissions annually.
Our corporate emissions include things like the energy used to operate our buildings and community facilities, streetlights, and water network; and emissions from our vehicle use and corporate travel.
The biggest area of our corporate emissions comes from our Council-owned facilities that we operate on behalf of the city, like the Southern Landfill and wastewater treatment plants. While these contribute about 8% of emissions to our city inventory, they make up over 80% of our Council inventory.