Climate Change Action

1 April 2010

Wellington's draft 2010 Climate Change Action Plan proposes a collaborative approach to meet the significant challenges climate change poses for the city. It builds on our 2007 action plan.

We've been working on several fronts that will all have climate change benefits. Encouraging more people to live in the central city has seen the number of vehicle commuting trips drop in favour of walking, cycling and public transport.

Among other things, we're also incorporating energy-saving features into our rental housing units as we upgrade them, introducing bus priority measures and looking at the potential to use new technology to convert sewage sludge into energy.

Most of what we propose in the action plan can be achieved within existing budgets but some things will require additional funding, including:

  • contributing to a regional coastal study, led by Greater Wellington Regional Council, to identify areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels and using new technology to do further vulnerability assessments on city infrastructure ($30,000 in 2010/11 and $100,000 in 2011/12)
  • working on a pilot programme aimed at encouraging electric vehicle use ($50,000)
  • investing in changes that will help further reduce the Council's gas and electricity consumption ($250,000 over two years)
  • providing $25,000 a year for two years to supporting eMission, a programme that helps small to medium-sized businesses reduce their energy, water use and waste ($25,000 a year for two years)
  • a programme to provide incentives to households for low-cost energy retrofits - energy-efficient lighting, low-flow shower heads and hot water cylinder wraps ($50,000 in 2010/11 and $100,000 in 2011/12).

To have your say on the draft Action Plan, visit the Public Input section of this site. The consultation is open from 9 April 2010 until
10 May 2010.