Climate Change

Wellington City Council recognises the importance of climate change and the need for a comprehensive city response.

Cover of Wellington City's 2016 Low Carbon Capital Plan.

To better understand what the Council is doing, read our 2013 revision of the city's Climate Change Action Plan. This action plan has largely been completed, and a new action plan is being created for 2016.

For Wellington to thrive in a future of growing carbon constraints and climate impacts, we need to take action to cut our greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our vulnerability to extreme weather events and rising sea-levels.

To adapt to the effects of climate change, Wellington City Council is responding to this challenge through mitigation and adaption initiatives in the Council and the community. This includes joining the 100 Resilient Cities network, a Rockefeller Foundation initiative.

Since 2013 Climate Change Action Plan, we have joined the 100 Resilient Cities Network, C40's Compact of Mayors, and the Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) by Enviro-Mark Solutions. Each of these indicates a different aspect of the Council's commitment to mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Read the 2016 Low Carbon Capital Plan (2MB PDF).