Bay of Plenty Regional Council supports Government policy in the management of greenhouse gases and is focused on more deliberate climate change action planning.
Our climate change action plan brings together all our work on climate change, both current and future.
We are developing a clear path of how we can contribute towards the national target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and how we can deliver on greenhouse gas reduction policies and transition towards a low carbon economy. This includes adopting sustainable practices throughout Council, both in terms of reducing our impact and ensuring resilience to future climate change.
We are working with our communities and partners in building and understanding the impacts of climate change in our region and the need for both adaptation and mitigation. An informed community will be empowered to take action for future proofing their communities.
Many of Council’s current environmental enhancement and protection activities such as planting, wetland restoration, promoting sustainable farm practices, erosion protection, sustainable transport promotion, and hybrid bus and vehicle trials, have benefits for emissions reduction and carbon sequestration.
Planning requirements to consider and adapt to the impacts of climate change when maintaining or building new infrastructure such as roads, sewerage, storm water or flood protection systems, are in place through the Regional Policy Statement, Regional Coastal Environment Plan, and other plans administered by Council. The latest science predictions indicate a potential sea level rise of more than 1m over the next 100 years based on a ‘business as usual’ scenario. That is the scenario that Regional Council is currently required to use for decision making under the Regional Policy Statement.
Other focus areas
- We are involved in Civil Defence planning and management in our region. This includes training our Civil Defence response staff and liaising with other agencies in a Civil Defence emergency.
- 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.
- We work with community care groups to look after our environment.
- We already have strategies to lessen the effect of climate change, including our:
- Regional Waste Strategy
- Biodiversity Strategy
- Transport Strategy.
Through the 2017 Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, along with other local city and district councils, has committed to developing a climate change action plan in our region that will:
- Promote walking, cycling, public transport and other low carbon transport options.
- Work to improve the resource efficiency and health of homes, businesses and infrastructure in our district.
- Support the use of renewable energy and uptake of electric vehicles.
More information on Regional Council's climate change work is outlined in our Long Term Plan.
Councils provide a wider range of services which will be impacted by climate change. We take part in case studies, and share information and knowledge with others to better understand how to adapt to climate change. See more information below.