Coun­cil tack­les cli­mate change

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

A snap­shot of Auck­land Coun­cil’s re­sponse to cli­mate change has been re­leased.

With ris­ing sea lev­els, air tem­per­a­tures and rain­fall, Auck­land Coun­cil has taken a num­ber of mea­sures to pre­pare the city for the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

In De­cem­ber 2015 Auck­land joined C40 Cities Cli­mate Lead­er­ship Group, a global net­work of cities tack­ling cli­mate change, at the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change in Paris (COP21).

Last week coun­cil re­leased an over­view of its prepa­ra­tion, which in­cluded ad­dress­ing coastal ero­sion, plant­ing trees, en­forced green stan­dards for new build­ings, in­ten­si­fy­ing pest man­age­ment, and harsher build­ing con­sents.

Auck­land also had its plan Low Car­bon Auck­land, which set out a 30-year path­way and a 10-year plan to trans­form Auck­land into a greener, low car­bon city us­ing sus­tain­able re­sources.

World­wide, city coun­cils’ re­sponses to cli­mate change has be­come more overt in the last few months. In June 250 may­ors in the United States backed a com­mit­ment for US cities to run on re­new­able re­sources by 2035.

In July 35 Aus­tralian city coun­cils pledged to switch to re­new­able en­ergy, build sus­tain­able trans­port, and de­velop greener, ef­fi­cient and more cli­mate-re­silient com­mu­ni­ties.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s in­ter­nal re­port out­lined its work on man­ag­ing chang­ing coast­lines. Coun­cil was also deal­ing with 90 re­cent coastal slips, from mi­nor slips to large sec­tions of cliff faces, which had al­ready cost more than $600,000 in re­pairs.

Coun­cil was re­view­ing its re­gional pest man­age­ment plan to en­sure it in­cluded man­ag­ing new and emerg­ing pests whose biose­cu­rity risks and im­pacts would in­crease un­der cli­mate change.

The re­port out­lined that pests and dis­eases like Myr­tle Rust or kauri dieback were ex­pected to be­come more vir­u­lent be­cause they thrived in higher tem­per­a­tures.

Auck­land Coun­cil con­trolled oper­a­tions were also look­ing for­ward. For ex­am­ple, Water­care’s $1 bil­lion un­der­ground sewage tun­nel, the cen­tral in­ter­cep­tor project, had adopted a de­sign that al­lowed for a 25 per cent in­crease in rain­fall and sea lev­els.

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