Climate change has altered the way we think about our future. We’re committed to an urgent climate response and building a sustainable district.
Our Climate Action Framework looks at how to reduce our emissions by changing the way we do things, like introducing electric vehicles or LED streetlights, as well as how we adapt to the effects of climate change such as preparing for rising sea levels and coastal erosion.
We’re working to embed climate change into our operations and plans, and are planning community engagement to find out how we can better support the district to become a Sustainable Lifestyle Capital.
Current activities and initiatives include:
Climate action framework
We're working on embedding climate change into our plans and operations, as well as planning for community engagement in 2021 to create a district-wide emissions reduction and adaptation plan.
Trialing electric vehicles
Part of our work around climate change is trialing the use of electric vehicles in our fleet. The trial of two electric vehicles will find out of they are fit for our needs.
Planting our parks
As we plan to offset our emissions we're piloting three planting projects to look at how to partner with the community and hapū on tree planting on NPDC-owned land, as well as piloting our own initiative.
Taking a national leadership role through co-hosting with the Government the Just Transition Summit in May 2019.
New Zealand’s National New Energy Development Centre, Ara Ake 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.
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.
Powering Let’s Go sustainable and active transport initiatives.