At the moment we’re sputtering about 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere every year. We desperately need to get that to zero, and fast.
An implementation plan will be developed in time for the next Long Term Plan to show how we will achieve our aspiration of a zero carbon city.
As part of the development of Te Atakura – First to Zero and the implementation plan, we intend to engage with the public in a city wide conversation. It is important that the whole city is on board with this vision of going zero carbon.
In May 2019 we heard your feedback on the draft Te Atakura blueprint, and then incorporated it to set out what we’ll go forward on.
Councillors finalised and adopted the Te Atakura blueprint at the City Strategy Committee meeting on the 20th June, 2019. Read the news release.
The Te Atakura – Implementation Plan was approved by Council on 6 August 2020.
The Te Atakura Implementation Leadership group (also referred to as the Climate Change Steering Group) has been established, and meets four times a year to oversee the implementation of the plan. This group includes representatives of business, educators, unions, activists, iwi and large organisations in Wellington, all with the ability to contribute to Wellington’s goal of net zero carbon by 2050, and to hold Council to account for delivering on its contribution.
We go through a process to incorporate your feedback, and get the financials, carbon budget, timing and costings of each project to the stage where they are well understood. This means the plan is at a stage where it is ready to become part of the Long Term Plan process, and receive timelines, funding, and a roadmap for implementation.
In 2021, alongside the Long Term Plan, we’ll present a proposed plan to the Council to kick off the first years of our journey to zero carbon. By spending a couple of years sorting it all out, we’re spending 2 of our precious 11 years that we have to cut carbon in half working on details before sticking shovels in the ground. This means we’ll have to push that much harder to make the progress needed.
Once adopted, the Zero Carbon Capital plan and its initiatives will have timelines, funding, and a roadmap for implementation of the initiatives.