Te Atakura – First to Zero
In June 2019, Wellington City Council adopted Te Atakura – First to Zero, which is a blueprint to make Wellington City a zero carbon capital (net zero emissions) by 2050.
This blueprint outlines key activities that can help reduce our emissions in four target areas: Transport, Building Energy and Urban Form, Advocacy, and the Council.
In August 2020, the Council adopted the Implementation Plan for Te Atakura. This plan highlights specific initiatives that can be undertaken to achieve carbon reductions for the city, and provides a framework for measuring their reduction potential and associated co-benefits. This plan will be a living document to help us achieve our reduction targets out to 2050.
Read more about our plans to reduce Wellington's carbon emissions at Zero Carbon Capital.
Our submission on the Climate Change Commission draft advice (March 2021)
Council have approved a cover letter and detailed submission outlining our feedback on the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government. Overall we support the Commission’s advice as a great starting point, however we encourage the Commission “to speak freely, to outline a bold vision for New Zealand’s future, and to not hold back".
Reducing Wellington city's carbon emissions
Knowing where our city emissions come from helps us understand trends over time so we know how to proactively to reduce emissions.
As part of our Te Atakura – First to Zero plan to be a net zero carbon capital by 2050 we have set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in relation to our 2001 base year measurement.
|Emissions reduction targets
Overall, our city emissions are slowly reducing, even though our population has increased. Our city population has grown by 26% over the last 20 years and our net emissions have reduced by 7%; however, we need to do much more as a city and individually to make sure we meet our reduction targets.
2020 Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
In 2020 Wellington City commissioned AECOM New Zealand Limited to undertake a greenhouse gas footprint for the city to compare with our targeted reduction goals for 2020. Utilising updated measurement tools, this inventory replaces the previous 2014, 2016 and 2019 inventories, and updates the 2001 emissions baseline for Wellington City.
Wellington City Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2020 (770 KB PDF)
As a city, our most significant sources of emissions are related to transport and stationary energy (such as energy use in buildings). Collectively, this amounts to 84 percent of emissions in Wellington.
Wellington City Emissions breakdown 2019/20