Auckland aspires to become a world class city. Reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are critical to this vision.
Auckland Council’s target in The Auckland Plan is to achieve a 40% reduction in GHGs by 2040 (based on 1990 levels). Transport and electricity account for around two-thirds of Auckland’s emissions. Unless we intervene, our emissions will continue to increase. Low Carbon Auckland envisions a city with a prosperous eco-economy, powered by clean energy and using sustainable resources, and sets targets to achieve this.
In 2017 Mayor Phil Goff signed the Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration. This commits Council to developing and implementing ambitious action plans that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support resilience within Council and the local community.
Auckland Council and Council Controlled Organisations have made a number of infrastructure investments that reduce carbon emissions. These include double decker buses, electric trains, cycle ways, LED street lights and GreenStar-rated developments. Infrastructure projects are an excellent opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, however the way Aucklanders use this infrastructure is also part of the solution.