What Council is doing about Climate Change
Responding to climate change means reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as growing our community’s resilience to extreme weather events.
Nelson City Council is a signatory to the Local Government Climate Change Declaration and the Local Government Leaders’ Position Statement on Climate Change. It has committed to developing and implementing an ambitious action plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports resilience within our own councils and for our local communities.
Council will investigate actions to reduce emissions, look at adaptation and response activities, and consider ways to limit or remove pressure on natural ecosystems affected by climate change, for example, by:
- Reviewing our Resource Management Act policies and plans to produce a new unitary plan – the draft Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan
- Working with the community to better understand and plan for future hazards related to climate change and sea level rise, such as river flooding, coastal erosion and coastal inundation (flooding) using the Adaptive Pathways approach recommended by the Ministry for the Environment.
- See our Coastal Hazards webpage to help us find out more about what is happening along our coasts.
- Continuing to diversify and enhance transport options by enabling, promoting and supporting active transport (in particular cycling), as well as ride-sharing, use of public transport, and investigating the adoption of new technologies, where safe and effective.
- Enabling teachers and learners to educate and prepare for the future by participating in the Enviroschools programme
- Participating in CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) to measure and reduce emissions related to Council activities
- Reducing carbon emissions through activities such as replacing street lights with energy efficient LEDs and introducing electric vehicles to the Council fleet
- Protecting and building resilience of our natural environment and biodiversity through Nelson Nature and the Healthy Streams programme
- Providing Eco Design advice to residents to help reduce energy usage
- Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are working together to create a Future Development Strategy to manage urban growth over the next 30 years.
Links of Interest
- Ministry for the Environment: Guidance for local government on preparing for climate change
- LGNZ: Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Summary for Policymakers
- Climate Change - Local Government Can Make a Difference