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What Council is doing about Climate Change

Responding to climate change means reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as growing our community’s resilience to extreme weather events.

Nelson City Council is a signatory to the Local Government Climate Change Declaration and the Local Government Leaders’ Position Statement on Climate Change. The declaration outlines our commitment to developing and implementing an ambitious action plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports resilience within council and our community.

Climate Champion

Council has established a new role – Climate Change Champion. Chris Cameron will be taking up the position on 2 December 2019.

Chris worked previously at Wellington City Council leading their Climate Change Office and at MFE and Hutt City Council before starting his PHD in climate science 4 years ago. He was part of NZ delegations to UNFCCC meetings in Europe and Indonesia in 2007 and 2008, including leading negotiations on some technical/reporting aspects. He is a UN accredited expert inventory reviewer on greenhouse gas emissions. While completing his PhD he has done contract work on stakeholder engagement on climate change for Dunedin and on local climate change impacts for 3 South Island councils as well as taking part as a subject matter expert on an adaptation project in Alaska. He’s also been involved in NZ’s Deep South National Science Challenge (the main national climate science project) as an advisory panel member.

Climate Forum

Council has allocated $30,000 to assist with the establishment of a Climate Forum and a Climate Taskforce. A community-led Climate Working Group is well underway with the work needed to establish and launch the Climate Forum, including plans for a summit early in 2020 and developing a Climate Charter for the region.

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Council will investigate actions to reduce emissions, look at adaptation and response activities, and consider ways to limit or remove pressure on natural ecosystems affected by climate change, for example, by:

  • Reviewing our Resource Management Act policies and plans to produce a new unitary plan – the draft Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan
  • Working with the community to better understand and plan for future hazards related to climate change and sea level rise, such as river flooding, coastal erosion and coastal inundation (flooding) using the Adaptive Pathways approach recommended by the Ministry for the Environment.
  • See our Coastal Hazards webpage to help us find out more about what is happening along our coasts.
  • Continuing to diversify and enhance transport options by enabling, promoting and supporting active transport (in particular cycling), as well as ride-sharing, use of public transport, and investigating the adoption of new technologies, where safe and effective.  
  • Enabling teachers and learners to educate and prepare for the future by participating in the Enviroschools programme
  • Participating in CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) to measure and reduce emissions related to Council activities
  • Reducing carbon emissions through activities such as replacing street lights with energy efficient LEDs and introducing electric vehicles to the Council fleet
  • Protecting and building resilience of our natural environment and biodiversity through Nelson Nature and the Healthy Streams programme
  • Providing Eco Design advice to residents to help reduce energy usage
  • Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are working together to create a Future Development Strategy to manage urban growth over the next 30 years.

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