This draft strategy is a blueprint for collective action and part of a wider conversation about how we work together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to minimise future harm, and plan for the ongoing effects of climate change.

Our draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy reinforces Christchurch City Council’s commitment to climate change leadership, and is based on the latest scientific advice, underpinned by government legislation, and driven by increased calls for action from the community, who are at the heart of our decision-making.

This is a long-term framework for Christchurch’s climate change journey and we will develop new programmes of work as our understanding of our changing climate and its consequences continues to evolve.

Download the full draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy. [PDF, 1.9 MB]

How this strategy was developed

Our draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy was developed using feedback from Ngāi Tahu and the Papatipu Rūnanga, public surveys, Councillors, and staff, as well as an external Technical Advisory Group with representation from local academics, scientists, unions, youth, health, community, and climate and sustainability advocates.

In developing the draft strategy, we also looked to both local and international examples of strategies including Ngāi Tahu’s strategy, He Rautake Mō Te Huringa O Te Āhuarangi, Auckland’s Climate Action Framework and Wellington’s blueprint for a Zero Carbon Capital.

We will continue to work with the community, Ngāi Tahu and the Papatipu Rūnanga, central government, stakeholders, businesses, organisations across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, to further develop and implement the Climate Action Programmes in the strategy.

How this strategy works

We have set four Climate Goals for Christchurch, supported by ten Climate Action Programmes that outline what we need to do to achieve these goals.

Council can’t do this alone - everyone has a part to play in taking climate action.

To achieve our climate goals, we need the people and organisations of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to work together to deliver the actions under our Climate Action Programmes.

Goal 1. Net Zero Emissions Christchurch

Goal 2. We understand and are preparing for the ongoing impacts of climate change

Goal 3. We have a just transition to an innovative low-emission economy

Goal 4. We are guardians of our natural environment and taonga

Achieving our goals together

1: Building the foundation - partnerships and resourcing

2: Understanding the local effects of climate change

3: Proactive climate planning with communities

4: Adapting and greening infrastructure

5: Carbon removal and natural restoration

6: Economic transformation and innovation

7: Low-emission transport system

8: Energy efficient homes and buildings

9: Towards zero waste

10: Sustainable food system

More information

Read more about Council's response to climate change