Climate Change and Sustainability Activities

Our region is at the forefront of climate change adaptation and sustainability, and we are looking at our impact on the planet and making changes to our organisation.

Energy and emissions initiatives include:

  • Progressing plans to monitor our district’s emissions, so we can track our annual emissions and create targets. South Taranaki and Stratford District Councils are also getting on board. 
  • Cutting our carbon footprint by using six electric trucks (half of the fleet) as part of our recycling and rubbish collection. 
  • Revising NPDC’s internal Energy Policy. 

Infrastructure resilience ongoing research and modelling:

  • Modelling our transportation network, storm-water areas, water supply and sewer networks to make sure we are managing them correctly in a time of climate uncertainty.
  • Recommending more centralised development and inner city living and factoring in potential future sea level rise through our latest Proposed District Plan. 
  • Assessing infrastructure vulnerability and planning in resilience work.

Zero Waste initiatives include:

  • Building a new Zero Waste hub called The Junction. This will be a community space for education and creating value from reused items.
  • Improving internal processes and education to improve the way staff reduce, reuse and recycle.

Sustainable travel alternatives and initiatives include:

  • Having e-bikes available for NPDC staff travelling to meetings. We are also investigating the viability of introducing electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars to our car fleet.
  • Extending the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara to enable more active travel.
  • Approving Blip e-scooters to operate in New Plymouth for 3 years after a successful trial.
  • Supporting Walk to Work, the Fresh Air Challenge and the Aotearoa Bike Challenge through Let’s Go.

Biodiversity initiatives include:

  • Being committed to restoration and revegetation of our reserve land. We are a member of the Wild For Taranaki collective, and work with local community groups, Taranaki Conservationists and local schools on planting days. 
  • Hosting The Great Conservation Treasure Hunt around our central city. Over 80 families took part and met with conservation partners.
  • Being a key partner in the Towards Predator Free Taranaki Project, and we coordinate volunteers to take charge of predator trapping in our parks and reserves. We also have over 50 staff with traps in their backyards.
  • Creating biodiversity plans for 5 ecologically significant areas in our reserves.
  • Recommending protection of 376 Significant Natural Areas on private land in the Proposed District Plan.
  • Offering Natural Area Protection Grants. 

Other initiatives include: