Climate Response

Our District is at the forefront of climate change adaptation in New Zealand and we have been leading the way with numerous initiatives to ensure a sustainable transition to a low emissions future. As a region, Taranaki is in a prime position to take on a leadership role, thanks to our history as New Zealand’s energy capital and the associated skill and talent base we’ve developed in industries such as engineering and logistics.

Current activities and initiatives include:

Taking a national leadership role through co-hosting with the Government the inaugural Just Transition Summit in May 2019.
Signing up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – a global agreement to record and monitor our region’s carbon emission.
New Zealand’s National Energy Centre being established in Taranaki .
Developing the region’s economic development strategy Tapuae Roa and Taranaki 2050 Roadmap to a low emissions future.
Supporting the development of the hydrogen economy through H2 Taranaki.
Investing $21m over the next 10 years towards Zero Waste, including a new rubbish collection service and trialling innovative ‘plastic asphalt made from yoghurt containers’ on roads.
Introducing LED streetlights, reducing carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes and saving more than $6.5 million in electricity over the next 20 years.
Powering Let’s Go sustainable and active transport initiatives.
Making a number of internal changes such as, improving the Wastewater Treatment Plant and wastewater pump stations to significantly reduce electricity and natural gas use.