What Climate Action can our community take?

Community greenhouse gas emissions

Regional greenhouse gas emissions statistics include regional emissions by industry, households, and emissions intensity (emissions in relation to regional GDP). 

New data from Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) separates Nelson household and industry greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from neighbouring Tasman for the first time, allowing a greater understanding of our emissions profile.

Read the full 2018 and 2019 reports below. 

Greenhouse gas emissions by region, industry and household year ended 2019 [Stats NZ Report]

Greenhouse gas emissions by region, industry and household year ended 2018 [Stats NZ Report]

Some useful tips on how we all can help mitigate climate change:

  • Consider energy efficiency when building and running our homes and businesses.
  • Examples include using the most energy efficient appliances and lighting, and the installation of solar panels and insulation
  • Reduce the amount of waste we create – consider composting and cutting out single-use plastic in favour of reusables, for example
  • Look at how you use transport – cycle or walk more, or combine these with better use of public transport and carpooling
  • Reduce the number of flights you take, when possible, and offset your emissions when you fly
  • Consider purchasing an electric vehicle or using video conferencing instead of traveling to a meeting
  • Plant trees on our own land or get involved in a community forest restoration project, and help New Zealand achieve the government’s ambitious target of planting one billion trees over the next ten years.

Useful Resources

Nelson Tasman Climate Forum

As part of our Long Term Plan (2021-31) Nelson City Council is supporting the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum with $100,000 of funding each year for the first three years of the LTP. The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum is a community-led initiative open to everyone. They’ve produced a Climate Action Book which is filled with practical ways to lower your carbon footprint, such as taking broken household items to a Repair Cafe as this video shows.