LEN BROWN MAYOR OF AUCKLAND
In Paris, I am joining with mayors from more than 200 other cities to share our experiences and look for new solutions to climate change.
I expect that these discussions will help us to further advance Auckland’s action. We want to be on the cutting edge of solutions, innovation and far-reaching benefits of acting on climate change now.
Action at both national and local levels will bring a better quality of life for Aucklanders while improving New Zealand’s position as an international leader.
Cities are key players in the response to climate change, globally and in New Zealand.
The Global Commission on Economy and Climate Change estimates that putting the effort into cities, with better public transport, green buildings, and better waste management, could save US$22tn by 2050 and avoid the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of India every year.
The time for doubt is over. We know that we are contributing dangerous levels of carbon to our atmosphere.
We know the consequences of inaction. For Auckland, climate change will lead to more severe storms, flooding and sea level rise, not to mention wider economic and social challenges.
We are all too aware of the challenges of shoring up infrastructure and managing insurance costs, as well as the impacts on biodiversity, productivity, and communities.
Auckland has an ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Auckland by 40 per cent by 2040.
Better transport options, clean air, green spaces and energy efficient buildings all help reduce emissions while making for a better quality of life for the people who live here today.
Auckland’s public transport patronage is growing at unprecedented levels.
Electrification of the trains has removed one per cent of Auckland’s GHG emissions.
New paths allow Aucklanders to ride and walk more conveniently and safely while reducing their carbon footprint.
New infrastructure is being built to be climate-ready. We are already moving in the right direction. Now is the time to accelerate.