Auckland Council adopted Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan on 21 July 2020.
The plan is founded on three key elements to drive climate action:
- An overarching Tāmaki response approach reflecting
- the uniqueness of Tāmaki Makaurau
- the need to embed issues like equity, te ao Māori and a strong rangatahi voice.
- A focus on clear greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for the region, including:
- halving emissions by 2030
- reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
- Preparing Auckland for the impacts of climate change, including a stronger focus on:
- how we will adapt to climate change
- taking a precautionary approach
- preparing for our current emissions pathway and the prospect of a 3.5 degrees warmer region.
The plan sets out eight priorities for climate action. Key action areas are outlined within these priorities as well as key partners required to deliver on these actions.
Our ongoing work
We have taken a leadership role in facilitating development of the plan with specific roles and responsibilities around the plan’s implementation. We can't do this alone. A rapid and fair transition requires collaboration and commitment from Aucklanders across the region.
We will be working with central government, mana whenua, businesses and communities to deliver on the plan’s ambitions. By working together, we have an opportunity to deliver a low carbon and resilient Auckland that is better for everyone.
A fully digitised version of the plan will be published later this year.
We are currently working through the details for what the council’s contribution to climate action will be.
The outcomes of this work will be open for public consultation in February/March 2021 as part of the 10-year budget.
Why we need a climate plan
Auckland’s climate is changing.
We are already starting to see higher temperatures, increased drought, more intense rainfall events and sea level rise. We expect more change over the next 100 years.
Climate change will impact on our communities, infrastructure, economy and natural environment.
At the same time, Auckland’s emissions are not decreasing. The government has signaled its intention for New Zealand to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Although Auckland is taking action, we need to do our part in delivering the Paris agreement targets to keep temperature increases below dangerous levels (e.g. 1.5°C).
Raising our ambitions in addressing climate change will also provide major opportunities and benefits to Auckland.
- cleaner air and water
- healthier communities
- better housing choice and places to live
- more accessible transport.
We made these ambitions clear in the Auckland Plan 2050.
Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan will help deliver the Auckland Plan’s high-level vision on climate change.