What specific climate change projects should the Regional Council fund?
Adapting to a changing climate and helping to facilitate a transition to a low carbon economy is a key priority for Regional Council.
Since declaring a climate change
emergency in 2019 we have already
made progress. We have been working
to embed climate change into our
decision-making and procurement
processes, progress a climate change
risk assessment for the region,
incorporate electric buses into our
public transport fleet, develop climate
change story maps, and monitor and
reduce our organisational carbon
Alongside the above, through this Long Term Plan, we are already committed to delivering on a number of climate change related projects that fall within Regional Council’s natural role, and which help us respond to the declared emergency. These include work in enhancing our flood protection systems, which contribute to adapting to the effects of climate change. They also include wetland restoration projects, which help us adapt to change, but also potentially mitigate change.
Of greatest impact, however, is likely to be our work on transport planning and transport behaviour change that is designed to increase public transport patronage, which would in turn help reduce private vehicle emissions and thus contribute to a net reduction in carbon emissions.
There are also a number of additional projects specifically focused on climate change that we could fund over the first three years of the Long Term Plan. We would like to know your views on the best area(s) for this investment.
- Facilitate a co-ordinated approach to climate change risk assessment and adaptation plans for the region (up to $250,000 over three years)
- Facilitate and support community conversations around adaptation (up to $600,000 over three years)
- Run a one-off community Climate Change Forum ($35,000)
- Supporting engagement and education around climate change to businesess and households ($200,000 over three years)
We want to know what level of additional funding you think is appropriate, or whether you are happy for us to continue with our current level of core service delivery.
|Description||Level of Service Effects||Financial Effects|
|1*||No additional funding allocated||No change||No change|
|2.||Fund a subset of projects||Increase||Approximately $175,000 per annum increase in expenditure, the equivalent to 0.6% increase in general rates, or on average, $0.99 (incl GST) per rating unit.|
|3.||Fund all four projects||Increased||Approximately $350,000 per
annum additional expenditure,
the equivalent to 1.2% increase in
general rates, or on average,
$1.97 (incl GST) per rating unit.