As the century unfolds, the Bay of Plenty climate will change.

As temperatures rise, our wind, rainfall and seasonal patterns will shift and we will see more extreme events and unpredictability in our weather.

We’re already seeing the impacts of our changing climate, from new pests taking up residence to increasing coastal erosion to more drought like conditions.

The more that we do to cut carbon emissions and build resilience now, the better off we will be in the future.

 

What we can expect

In 2019 we commissioned NIWA to analyse climate change projections and impacts for the Bay of Plenty Region. NIWA's technical report provides up to date information on changes we’re likely to see in our climate over the 21st century.

Watch this short video to learn about the climate change implications projected for Bay of Plenty.

What this means for Bay of Plenty

We are already seeing the impacts of our changing climate, from new pests taking up residence to increasing coastal erosion due to more drought like conditions. 

 

 

What we’re working towards

Climate change is at the heart of everything we do. It is built into all our decision making, planning and policy and we’re already taking a wide range of actions in response, both to reduce carbon emissions (mitigation) and respond to the changes in climate (adaptation).

Our Climate Change Action Plan 2021 -23 guides this work and drives our climate change focused work and projects.

Alongside our partners we’re working towards:

 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council being net carbon zero by 2050.

Reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions.

Preparing for and adapting to climate change.

Our BOP community is aware, engaged, and resilient.

  

Some of the projects we're working on include:

 

Significant funding for Bay of Plenty climate change projects.

Regional Council has confirmed it will spend about $1.8m on funding climate change related projects as part of its 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

Shining a light on corporate greenhouse gas emissions

Regional Council has recently completed its second annual audit as part of the Toitū carbon reduce certification.

Regional Risk Assessment

It’s important we understand the risks climate change will present Bay of Plenty, so we know where to focus efforts.

Motivated communities can access funds to support understanding

Motivated communities can access funding to support their planning

 

 

What you can do

Ko te rongoā kei roto i ō tātau ringa
Already in our hands are the remedies

We know that to make real and sustainable reductions to our greenhouse gas emissions, there needs to be change at all levels – international, national, regional, and local. We all have a role to play in building a better future for the next generation.

 

live lightly

If you’re looking at how you can cut your own carbon emissions, Live Lightly is a great place to start. This website explores the many everyday choices we face and the related carbons emissions. It covers travel, energy use, food, general purchases, and waste.

genless

Genless is another great resource, featuring stories, tools, and a whole range of actions you can take that will cut down energy-related greenhouse gas emissions - and benefit our climate, your wellbeing, and your pocket.

futurefit2

Visit FutureFit to get an idea of the impact of your lifestyle on our planet and see how your everyday actions can make a difference.