Have your say on our district's net zero greenhouse gas emissions target.
Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 17th July 2019 - 14th August 2019
UPDATE: Consultation on our district's emissions target has now closed. We received 180 submissions from residents, businesses and community groups. Overall respondents supported Christchurch taking a more ambitious approach than proposed in the central government’s Zero Carbon Bill. There was also strong support for adopting interim targets to help ensure early action.
The Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee met on Wednesday 28 August 2019 to hear submissions and make a recommendation to Council. Read the Committee agenda(external link) and the minutes (which includes the recommendations(external link)).
Council met on Thursday 12 September to discuss the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee's recommendations and agreed to set a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2045 (excluding methane) for the District - that's five years earlier than the proposed Government’s Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act(external link).
Read more on Newsline(external link).
Christchurch City Council is committed to climate change leadership. The evidence is clear – greenhouse gas emissions are causing unprecedented increases in global temperatures, and we must rapidly cut our emissions to prevent further warming and disruption in the future.
Christchurch’s greenhouse gas emissions are only a small part of total global emissions, but New Zealand’s per capita emissions are among the highest in the world. Countries which individually emit less than 1% of global totals
collectively contribute significantly to total emissions.
This means we all have an important part to play in limiting warming.
We are currently in the process of developing our district’s climate change strategy to ensure it reflects community aspirations for Christchurch. Our district includes Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula. As part of this work, we want to hear your views on what emissions targets we should be adopting. Do we go with the proposed national net zero greenhouse gas emissions target, or do you want us to be more ambitious? We want to hear your views.
What is our current footprint?
The Christchurch district currently produces far more greenhouse gas emissions than we offset.
During the 2016/2017 June financial year (our baseline year), Christchurch emitted an estimated 2,485,335 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO²-e) equating to 6.6 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per person.
This is lower than Auckland (7.9 t CO²-e) and Dunedin (11.4 t CO²-e), but more than Wellington (5.7 t CO²-e).
An an estimated 362,679 t CO²-e of our city’s net greenhouse gas emissions has been offset by Christchurch’s forestry, bringing the total to 2,122,656 t CO²-e.1
Christchurch Community Carbon Footprint 2016/17 - AECOM report
Where do our greenhouse gas emissions come from?
A breakdown of our emissions in the 2016/2017 financial year found that transport was the largest contributor at 53.1%, followed by energy used in buildings and infrastructure, at 22.7%, agriculture at 10.5%, waste at 9% and industrial gases at 4.7%.
What’s next after setting targets?
Once we’ve heard your views and the emissions targets are adopted by Council (in September 2019), we’ll continue our work with the community on actions we can take towards achieving the targets.
Setting the emissions target in just one part of work on climate change.
The targets will be integrated into development of our upcoming climate change strategy. We’ll be working closely with the community to ensure the strategy reflects community aspirations for Christchurch. The strategy will also consider wider issues around climate change in the district, including how we’ll plan and adapt to changes in the future, the importance of ensuring a just and equitable transition to a low greenhouse gas economy, and how we’ll continue to care for our natural environment.
While developing our strategy we will continue to build on our existing climate change programme.
You can find out more about what we’re already doing and how you can get involved.(external link)
Downloadable booklet [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Feedback form [PDF, 79 KB]