Our Climate Change Statement sets out our view of what needs to occur in the region and the transformational changes needed to respond to climate change.
We have committed to action through the 2017 Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration. In 2019 we declared a climate change emergency and adopted our Climate Change Action Plan to guide our response to the challenge of climate change and drive our climate change focused work and projects.
Responding to climate change is in everything we do each day – it is built into all our decision making, planning and policy and spans the four broad areas below.
Toitu carbon certification
Toi Moana has joined the Toitū Carbon Reduce programme to get clear baseline data on emissions, set emission reduction targets and take conscious steps to reduce emissions each year.
In line with government commitments to have fleet vehicles electric as part of our move to net carbon zero 2050, we have a growing fleet of electric vehicles across our offices and use alternatives to travel, particularly e-meetings, when possible.
Walking and cycling
We encourage our staff to reduce emissions at work (remote meetings and less work travel) and in their own lives including how they travel to work – walking, cycling, car-pooling and public transport.
A strong public transport network from Katikati to Pōtaka is vital to keep our communities connected and to reduce trips in personal vehicles. Together, we are reducing GHG emissions and reducing congestion. Read more about our Regional Public Transport Plan.
Safe, efficient, local and low-carbon energy generation will be increasingly important for the Bay of Plenty. We are working with our communities, particularly our iwi partners to protect and enhance our geothermal systems.
BOP carbon footprint report
We commissioned a report into the community carbon footprint for the Bay of Plenty and each of the districts within the Region to help us understand the Bay’s emissions profile and identify key emission sources.
Working with others
We take part in case studies and share information and knowledge with others agencies to better understand our role in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.
Emergency Management Bay of Plenty is working to empower and engage individuals, organisations and communities to make their own decisions on how they will prepare for and cope during an emergency. Climate change will increase the risk from some of these hazards in the Bay of Plenty so preparedness is more important than ever.
Get an idea of the impact of your lifestyle on our planet and see how your everyday actions can make a difference. Visit Future fit.
Managing natural hazards, such as flooding, landslides and large-scale rock/soil mass movements, severe weather events, drought and fire. Climate change will increase the risk from these hazards and make their management even more important.
Changing land use
As our planet warms, there will be significant changes to our current weather patterns and local climate. This will have a flow-on effect on the ecosystems and biodiversity in our region. It will also mean changes in the growth and spread of many pest plants and animals and changes to our coastlines. Sustainable land use practices will be more important than ever.
Our work planting, restoring wetlands, promoting sustainable farm practices, erosion protection and work with community care groups supports adaptation to the impacts of climate change alongside having benefits for emissions reductions and carbon sequestration.
We look after the river and drainage systems in the region to minimise erosion and provide flood protection for our communities. Read more about each of the river and drainage schemes and work we are doing to ensure they are designed and maintained now and into the future.
Te Pourepo o Kaituna wetland creation project
Wetlands play a vital role in our approach to climate change adaptation. They both capture and storing carbon greenhouse gases and they also provide resilience to hazards such as flooding, storm surge and coastal inundation.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council supports multiple projects on Matakana Island.
See how landowners and community groups are working to adopt land management practices that futureproof their land and livelihoods. Their work is also protecting and enhancing waterways and other natural areas.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council works with the community to protect our water, soils and our wildlife, and to manage or get rid of pest plants and animals.
We know that to make real and sustainable reductions in our GHG emissions, there needs to be change at all levels – international, national, regional, and local. And we are all responsible whether we are just one individual, a whānau, a small business, large corporation, marae-based group, school, not-for-profit, sports-club, or anything in between. We are all in this together.
Live lightlyThere are ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise your carbon footprint by making small but useful changes in your day-to-day life. Be energy efficient, take public transport, get on your bike, compost, plant a tree….
There is some good advice from the Ministry for the Environment and beautiful advice, tips and hints from our friends at Auckland Council through Live Lightly.
Live more with less energy
Gen Less is about reducing our energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and stopping the most destructive effects of climate change.
Supported by EECA, this approach is about living a lower carbon lifestyle and the freedom that goes with it!
Emissions reduction planHe Pou a Rangi – the Climate Change Commission has released its draft report with advice on the first three emissions budgets and on policy direction for the Government’s first emissions reduction plan.
Together, these lay out the course for reducing emissions in Aotearoa and set the direction of policy that Aotearoa takes to get there.
Get involvedJoin our amazing team of volunteers across the region that help streams, estuaries and coastal areas thrive.
Check out our partners at Envirohub to see if there are any events or activities near you.
Envirohub Bay of Plenty
Envirohub Bay of Plenty is one of 17 Environment Centres around NZ, aimed at helping local communities learn about and take action on environmental issues that support a sustainable future. There are heaps of ways to get involved, including the incredible Sustainable Backyards calendar of events each year.
LGNZ is the national organisation bringing together the voices of 78 councils from around Aotearoa. The impacts of climate change are being felt by councils across the country and there are many common threads. You can read more about how councils around NZ are responding to climate change challenges.
Local councils across the Bay of Plenty are taking action to address climate change in our districts and cities. Some have extensive action plans of their own and are working towards zero waste and zero carbon futures:
In the Bay of Plenty, iwi and hapū are leading the way in our response to climate change. Te Arawa have a climate change strategy and national bodies such as the Iwi Chairs Forum / Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group for a collective strategy as iwi respond to climate change.
Electric vehicle programme
Te Kaupapa Waka Hiko – New Zealand’s electric vehicle programme has more detail on how NZ will increase the uptake of electric vehicles to support decarbonisation of the transport sector.
New Zealand CAN
New Zealand CAN has more than 20 member organisations and encourages communication, collaboration and cooperation between all the organisations working towards a zero-carbon future for NZ. If you are looking for organisations that are working in the climate change and sustainability space and what they are currently doing, this is a great place to start.
Of course many in the business sector are also focussed on reducing their emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Some of these are acknowledged in the Sustainable Business Network Awards each year.
Climate change affects all our primary industries - farmers, growers, foresters, and fishers. The Ministry for Primary Industries has an important role in supporting industries through the change and to reduce their own impact.We also have programmes in place to support farmers with farm plans, stock exclusion, biodiversity and biosecurity across our primary sector.