Regional climate change strategy

We made a submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council on their new climate change strategy. We strongly support the draft climate change strategy in principle. But we are concerned that the Council will simply endorse the strategy and then leave it on the shelf. This would be an opportunity lost.

Submission to GWRC on their climate change strategy 2015 (pdf)

To avoid this, we see a need for an exploration of how the plans and strategies of the Council which are relevant to climate change goals can be adjusted to a higher level of ambition, so that the vision and desired outcomes of the strategy can be realised. Specific and measurable targets should then be developed.

Land transport is the key area where the Council exercises control over and has substantial impacts on both public and private greenhouse gas emissions in the region. Council land transport policies and plans in particular need to be reconsidered to better align with the climate change strategy.