Wellington City Council’s Annual Plan 2016/17 and Carbon Plan Consultation

A: Summary
This submission introduces OraTaiao, describes the basis for our submission, and responds to WCC’s Draft Low Carbon Capital Plan and Draft Annual Plan 2016/17 consultation questions.

As discussed with Neil McInnes of WCC Democratic Services, the deadline for this written submission has been extended to Tuesday 3 May thank you. We would also like the opportunity to speak to this submission, thank you.

Our top ten points are:
1. Update to a ‘Carbon Zero Capital Plan’ as a clear focus for all Wellington’s investment decisions and policies – reflecting the new global climate zero-net-emissions action reality and the 1.5’C aspirational warming limit agreed in Paris a few months ago.

2. Update reduction targets to: 100% by 2050, 80% by 2040, 50% by 2030, and 20% by 2020, because earlier reductions are better and safer, and post-Paris, ‘developed’ countries lead.

3. Recognise that ‘realistic’ means ‘ambitious’ – Wellington’s plateaued emissions over last fifteen years mean we need much stronger deliberate action and investment now.

4. Urgently update adaptation planning with the latest range of local scenarios – MfE’s ‘0.5-0.8m sea level rise’ advice from eight years ago was always intended as a minimum to update.

5. Green all Wellington’s growth projects – urgently estimate the proposed runway extension’s emissions impact (WCC is responsible for climate impact, not the Environment Court), and include climate-damaging emissions from international travel growth in GHG Inventory.

6. Set a target to ‘warm up’ all Wellington’s vulnerable households over the next three years.

7. Plan for ‘Absolutely Accessible Wellington’ not ‘Let’s Get Welly Moving’ – our city’s tri-part transport core is safe active transport for all ages and affordable attractive all-electric public transport (light rail) for longer trips, complemented by widespread convenient car share.

8. Accelerate car share by sharing WCC’s fleet now, active partnership, ‘MCSR’ and more parks.

9. Electric and bio-fuelled private vehicles are for residual private transport needs – biofuel advocacy with investment now in electric charging and electrifying WCC’s fleet is useful.

10. Research with Wellington’s most vulnerable households on how WCC can support healthy and fair transitions to a zero net emissions future – co-creating initiatives (including cheaper public transport fares) to quickly put into practice with ongoing evaluation to improve.

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‘Healthy Climate, Healthy People’



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