Key issue 2: Responding to climate change

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In June 2019 we declared a climate emergency reflecting the threat that climate change poses to our economy, environment, and way of life.

This was followed in June 2020 by the adoption of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, which sets out a plan for the region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, achieve net zero by 2050, and a pathway to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Things we're already doing

Illustration of a bus, trees and logo of "Live Lightly" campaign.

  • 8 electric buses on Waiheke.
  • 34 electric buses in our fleet by June 2021.
  • 1.5 million trees planted this term.
  • We have provided online tools such as Live Lightly and Future Fit to support Aucklanders to reduce their carbon footprint.

How we are addressing climate change

We are already doing a lot of work tackling emissions through encouraging a more compact city form and providing people with walking, cycling and public transport options.

We are also contributing by:

  • making our water supply infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts
  • using more electric vehicles
  • phasing out gas boilers in aquatic centres.

Our climate change challenge

We need to do more as a region to achieve the goals of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Action Plan. We are proposing additional actions to reduce emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change funded within the rates and debt settings proposed under Key issue1: Proposed investment package.

Even with these additional actions the council group will still not be able to come close to achieving these goals through our efforts alone.

We can make a meaningful difference and demonstrate our leadership in the areas we're responsible for, but we also need urgent climate action from central government, mana whenua, businesses, households, communities and others.

Additional actions we are proposing

Transport and infrastructure

  • All new buses will be electric or hydrogen powered from 2021 (rather than 2025 as previously planned) and working with the government to achieve 50 per cent of the total bus fleet being electric or hydrogen powered by 2030.
  • Making progress towards Queen Street Valley (currently Aotearoa’s most polluted black carbon area) becoming a zero-carbon zone.

Trees and forest planting

  • Planting 11,000 more street trees and establishing a nursery to grow 200,000 seedlings a year.
  • Planting an additional 200 ha of native forest.

Waste minimisation

  • Increasing our zero-waste resource recovery network.

Energy efficiency and emissions reduction

  • Providing more advice and support to Aucklanders to reduce household emissions.
  • Further increasing the efficiency of our facilities, including the installation of solar panels.
  • Improving planning for coastal change and enhancing our ability to respond to worsening natural hazards.
  • Partnering with others regionally to tackle our biggest emission challenges and supporting Māori-led climate change action.
  • Supporting communities in need to reduce their energy costs and better access healthy, low carbon food.

How we will fund this proposal

In this recovery budget we are proposing $150 million of additional investment to accelerate our climate change actions.

This investment is included within the proposed investment plans outlined in Key issue1: Proposed investment package and is able to be funded using the proposed changes to the four funding levers set out in that section.

What do you think?

One initiative we would fund within the proposed 10-year budget is more investment to respond to the challenges of climate change.
See question 2 to have your say on this proposal and other key topics.

Alternatives we have considered

Alternative one - a larger investment package

We considered an alternative investment package of $320 million which might require higher rates but would not materially affect the council's debt. This would allow us to more significantly accelerate our climate action work in some key areas:

  • Showing leadership by halving all of our organisational emissions by 2030.
  • Achieving a 100 per cent zero emissions bus fleet by 2030.
  • Faster progress with addressing coastal erosion and greater protection of coastal closed landfills.
  • Planting 18,000 more street trees - 29,000 in total.
  • Further investment in Māori-led climate change action.

Some earlier work on targeted rate funding options identified that if this alternative larger package were to be funded using additional rates, then it would add 0.9 per cent to average general rates increase for 2021/2022.

Another way to fund the larger package would be through reprioritising $170 million of other planned expenditure and accepting any impact that might have on other council services.

Even with this additional spend we could not achieve everything we would like to do. We also considered other additional programmes to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

For example, more work is urgently needed to support our native species and ecosystems to be resilient to climate impacts. These programmes have not been proposed for funding in this budget but will require additional action in future.

Alternative two - no change to our current plan

We also considered the status quo as an alternative. This would see us continue what we had already planned in the area of climate action, but nothing further. If we maintained this status quo and proceeded with the proposed changes to rates and debt, then this would enable us to invest $150 million more on other priorities and potentially improve some council services.

However, we do not consider that to be a preferred option as it would fail to respond adequately to the climate emergency.

You can read more on this proposal in Section 7.2 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information document.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 30-31 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.

In June 2019 we declared a climate emergency reflecting the threat that climate change poses to our economy, environment, and way of life.

This was followed in June 2020 by the adoption of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, which sets out a plan for the region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, achieve net zero by 2050, and a pathway to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Things we're already doing

Illustration of a bus, trees and logo of "Live Lightly" campaign.

  • 8 electric buses on Waiheke.
  • 34 electric buses in our fleet by June 2021.
  • 1.5 million trees planted this term.
  • We have provided online tools such as Live Lightly and Future Fit to support Aucklanders to reduce their carbon footprint.

How we are addressing climate change

We are already doing a lot of work tackling emissions through encouraging a more compact city form and providing people with walking, cycling and public transport options.

We are also contributing by:

  • making our water supply infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts
  • using more electric vehicles
  • phasing out gas boilers in aquatic centres.

Our climate change challenge

We need to do more as a region to achieve the goals of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Action Plan. We are proposing additional actions to reduce emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change funded within the rates and debt settings proposed under Key issue1: Proposed investment package.

Even with these additional actions the council group will still not be able to come close to achieving these goals through our efforts alone.

We can make a meaningful difference and demonstrate our leadership in the areas we're responsible for, but we also need urgent climate action from central government, mana whenua, businesses, households, communities and others.

Additional actions we are proposing

Transport and infrastructure

  • All new buses will be electric or hydrogen powered from 2021 (rather than 2025 as previously planned) and working with the government to achieve 50 per cent of the total bus fleet being electric or hydrogen powered by 2030.
  • Making progress towards Queen Street Valley (currently Aotearoa’s most polluted black carbon area) becoming a zero-carbon zone.

Trees and forest planting

  • Planting 11,000 more street trees and establishing a nursery to grow 200,000 seedlings a year.
  • Planting an additional 200 ha of native forest.

Waste minimisation

  • Increasing our zero-waste resource recovery network.

Energy efficiency and emissions reduction

  • Providing more advice and support to Aucklanders to reduce household emissions.
  • Further increasing the efficiency of our facilities, including the installation of solar panels.
  • Improving planning for coastal change and enhancing our ability to respond to worsening natural hazards.
  • Partnering with others regionally to tackle our biggest emission challenges and supporting Māori-led climate change action.
  • Supporting communities in need to reduce their energy costs and better access healthy, low carbon food.

How we will fund this proposal

In this recovery budget we are proposing $150 million of additional investment to accelerate our climate change actions.

This investment is included within the proposed investment plans outlined in Key issue1: Proposed investment package and is able to be funded using the proposed changes to the four funding levers set out in that section.

What do you think?

One initiative we would fund within the proposed 10-year budget is more investment to respond to the challenges of climate change.
See question 2 to have your say on this proposal and other key topics.

Alternatives we have considered

Alternative one - a larger investment package

We considered an alternative investment package of $320 million which might require higher rates but would not materially affect the council's debt. This would allow us to more significantly accelerate our climate action work in some key areas:

  • Showing leadership by halving all of our organisational emissions by 2030.
  • Achieving a 100 per cent zero emissions bus fleet by 2030.
  • Faster progress with addressing coastal erosion and greater protection of coastal closed landfills.
  • Planting 18,000 more street trees - 29,000 in total.
  • Further investment in Māori-led climate change action.

Some earlier work on targeted rate funding options identified that if this alternative larger package were to be funded using additional rates, then it would add 0.9 per cent to average general rates increase for 2021/2022.

Another way to fund the larger package would be through reprioritising $170 million of other planned expenditure and accepting any impact that might have on other council services.

Even with this additional spend we could not achieve everything we would like to do. We also considered other additional programmes to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

For example, more work is urgently needed to support our native species and ecosystems to be resilient to climate impacts. These programmes have not been proposed for funding in this budget but will require additional action in future.

Alternative two - no change to our current plan

We also considered the status quo as an alternative. This would see us continue what we had already planned in the area of climate action, but nothing further. If we maintained this status quo and proceeded with the proposed changes to rates and debt, then this would enable us to invest $150 million more on other priorities and potentially improve some council services.

However, we do not consider that to be a preferred option as it would fail to respond adequately to the climate emergency.

You can read more on this proposal in Section 7.2 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information document.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 30-31 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.