We need to plan – and we can’t do it alone

Nations talk; cities act.” - Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City

Wellington City Council is setting the zero carbon target for the whole city, not just the Council (though the Council is setting a zero carbon target, too). This means that we all need to work together to reach our collective goal.

The Te Atakura blueprint is a longlist of possible initiatives/actions we could take to cut carbon, and help us reach the goal. Over the next couple of years, there will be several opportunities for you to contribute to the conversation, and help us refine the blueprint into a plan with timelines, funding, and a roadmap for implementation of the initiatives. Read more about the Zero Carbon Capital process


How does Zero Carbon Capital fit in with other ongoing plans and projects? 

Zero Carbon Capital will stand as its own set of initiatives and projects, separately funded and executed from other ongoing transport and planning projects such as Let’s Get Wellington Moving and Planning for Growth.

However, these separate projects need to be acknowledged for their importance to the success of the Zero Carbon Capital goal.


Read about the Action Areas of the Te Atakura blueprint below:

Action areas

transport lets get welly moving


Nearly 60% of our carbon emissions come from Transport, so changing the way we move around the city is critical. We’re exploring opportunities in infrastructure investment through the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project as well as a range of other initiatives. Key to success is expanding shared mobility options like carshare and bikeshare, some form of user charges to reflect the true cost of driving, electric vehicle charging stations, supporting the growth of active and public transport, and more.

Keystone Project: Let’s Get Wellington Moving

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Building energy

The energy required to heat, cool and light buildings in our city is almost a third of our carbon emissions. A citywide shift towards building higher performance buildings, supporting upgrades of existing ones, and ensuring new builds are in the right places will be necessary for a zero carbon future. The Planning for Growth project, which is a strategic review of Wellington’s spatial and district plan, can also shape our city in terms of where our growth goes - and what it looks like. Denser, more inner city oriented outcomes will promote a zero carbon future. Our blueprint outlines other initiatives that will also drive down our carbon emissions, including solar support, zero carbon parks and more.

Keystone Project: Planning for Growth

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As a council we have an opportunity to support strong action by others - other levels of government, the community or with industry to better achieve our shared goals. Whether through submissions, gathering support, or collaborative investment, our influence as a partner is just a valuable as our own projects. It will be essential to feed back to all levels of government and work closely with the community and industry to deliver the zero carbon growth we need to sustain our economy and employment. We want to shift the future from one that compromises the environment to one that enhances it.

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Wellington City Council Plan

As with anything, leading starts by looking in. The Council needs a comprehensive plan to reduce the carbon we emit as an organisation to zero. Unlike other areas, the Council has more control over what happens in our own facilities or through our own operations than in those that belong to or are managed by others.

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Other programmes

The key elements we want to pursue outside of the core areas of transport and building energy are ones that can support better choices - calculators that support individual choice and school education, new types of inventory to better our understanding, and supporting small businesses with zero carbon ideas. But there is one key activity that should not be undersold. Figuring out the best model for planting carbon sinks on both public and private land will be essential and needs to be done quickly.

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