MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
Ordinary meeting of the
Te Kōmiti Taiao / Āhuarangi
Wednesday 17 February 2021
Commencing at 9.00a.m.
110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
4 Steven Gray - Friends of the Maitai
6.1 Chairperson's Report
7 Environmental Management Activity Management Plan - Levels of Service
That the Environment and Climate Committee
1. Receives the report Chairperson's Report (R22656) and its attachment (A2575230).
He Pou a Orangi - Climate Change Commission Advice and Evidence Report.
2.1 The recently released report from He Pou a Orangi is a critical step for Aotearoa New Zealand in creating a solution focused pathway of how we will as a country deliver on our obligations which resulted from the 2015 Paris Agreement and subsequent Zero Carbon Act.
2.2 The report provides the first of three recommended 5-year emissions budgets for consideration by Central Government.
2.3 It outlines a pathway towards achieving necessary and effective emissions reductions at a national level. This will ensure New Zealand’s actions are consistent with its stated targets and our goal of decreasing our emissions to achieve less than 1.5oC of global temperature warming.
2.4 Support from Central Government should result in real and rapid action including:
2.4.1 Electrification of our country’s vehicles,
2.4.2 An increase in walking, cycling and public transport funding,
2.4.3 Improving the thermal efficiency in new buildings,
2.4.4 Incentives to decrease industry reliance on fossil fuels,
2.4.5 An increasing proportion of renewable electricity generation with a particular focus on wind and solar,
2.4.6 Reducing emissions through low-emissions agricultural practices,
2.4.7 Increasing end-of-life recovery and reducing the import of HFCs in second-hand products and
2.4.8 Incentivised large scale indigenous tree planting programmes.
2.5 The report highlights the importance of understanding that whilst carbon sequestration through indigenous forest regeneration can offset for pre-existing emissions it should not displace doing everything we can to reduce our current emissions from other sector activity first.
2.6 Council has prioritised action on climate change and is already underway with a number of projects that are recommended to be carried out nationally in the report.
2.7 The government is seeking views on the report and Council is preparing its own submission. Submissions are due March 14.
2.8 If you’d like to read the report visit the Climate Change Commission’s website: climatecommission.govt.nz
Nelson Tasman Climate Forum Climate Action Book
2.9 Over the past 12 months there has been feedback on many iterations of the Climate Forum’s Charter and Action Plan.
2.10 A final version of the Forums Action Plan called The Climate Action Book – A Climate Action Plan for Nelson Tasman 2021 is just finished.
2.11 It represents a collaboration across all of the forms groups collated by the climate action plan group. It’s an ambitious plan for the Nelson Tasman region and is filled with climate action opportunities for all of our communities.
2.12 Adoption of the climate action book will take place at the Climate Forum‘s February Hui.
2.13 At the February Hui there will also be an opportunity to sign the Charter.
2.14 Staff will be bringing back a report on both the Action Plan and the Charter as well as the Forum’s Weaving Plan which is near completion.
2.15 Signing the Charter as a signatory member will demonstrate that Council’s actions are aligned with its intentions and that it is committed to long-term and meaningful contributions to current climate action, alongside our community.