Feed­back sought on car­bon ac­tion plan

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Do you have any sug­ges­tions on how Auck­land Coun­cil can re­duce its car­bon foot­print? Pub­lic sub­mis­sions are open on the Low Car­bon Ac­tion Plan.

More than 150 com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions have been con­sulted on the plan which aims to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by 40 per cent by 2040.

The plan sets out a 30-year path­way and a 10-year plan of ac­tion. The five key ar­eas in­clude the way we travel, how we use and gen­er­ate en­ergy, our built en­vi­ron­ment and green in­fra­struc­ture, waste dis­posal, forestry, agri­cul­ture and nat­u­ral car­bon as­sets.

En­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate change and nat­u­ral her­itage com­mit­tee chair­man, coun­cil­lor Wayne Walker, says Auck­land has a cru­cial role to play.

‘‘Cities are es­ti­mated to ac­count for up to 80 per cent of global green­house gas emis­sions. Low Car­bon Auck­land there­fore sets out a very bold tar­get of re­duc­ing . . . emis­sions by 40 per cent.’’

The plan is open for feed­back un­til April 7 and the fi­nal ac­tion plan will be adopted in June.

Go to auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz/havey­our­say for more in­for­ma­tion.

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