Auckland's Climate Action Plan

The climate challenge

Becoming a zero-carbon, climate-ready Auckland means smart thinking, bold innovation, and collective action. Explore the challenges below to discover and shape emerging ideas, vote on your favourites and add your own. We're sharing the challenges that are important to tackle for Auckland's future. We need to reduce emissions but also be prepared for the impacts of climate change . Here you can discover ideas from other communities, support your favourites, give feedback, and post your own ideas. #ClimateAKL to share your idea.

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It’s difficult to know how climate change might affect our daily lives, how to act, or even how to talk about it in a meaningful way. But, maybe news outlets around NZ could help with this? A daily news item about climate change could showcase the great things people in NZ and around the world are doing to come up with solutions to tackle climate change issues and spark new businesses. A short segment with a scientific fact and then some good news on local examples could be a catalyst for change. If more people understand climate change, are confident to talk about it, and see themselves as part of the solution then we’re more likely to act to prevent the negative impacts of a changing climate. So, would a daily news item in NZ be a step in the right direction?

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With Auckland’s population expected to continue to grow by around 500 people every week over the coming years, we need to continually invest in our transport infrastructure to keep the city moving. Investing in transport improvements are expensive at the beginning but quickly pay for themselves in benefits. So, how should we fund these critical transport improvements?

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Kiwi diets are changing. The average New Zealander now eats 22 kg less red meat than they did ten years ago. How about you? Are you eating less red meat?

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A carbon footprint measures the impact of your lifestyle on climate change. It's the emissions associated with your one-off and daily activities, like how you get around, where you travel to, how you power your home, what you choose to eat, and what you buy. So, do you know what your carbon footprint is?

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With approximately 3100km of coastline and stunning sea views, Auckland’s coastline is a desirable place to live. But our extensive coasts also put Auckland at risk from coastal erosion, coastal inundation and tsunami. Sea levels around Auckland are expected to rise, and climate change may bring more risk of damaging storm surges during extreme weather events. So, should we be building on the coast, or, is it too risky?

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Great public transport is a key part of making cities accessible for everyone. Now that Auckland has a more frequent bus network, more reliable electric trains and the City Rail Link in development, public transport options are available. But, do we need more?

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Last month climate change went viral in the news when the IPCC reported that humanity has only 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions. As such an urgent issue, are we talking about climate change in an effective manner in Auckland?

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While the worst of winter may be over, it doesn't take much of a change in the weather for many kiwi homes to become unhealthily cold. So, is enough being done to support homeowners, tenants and landlords to invest in insulation which saves energy, money and reduces carbon emissions?

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600 scooters have landed on the footpaths of Auckland with plans for many more to come… But, once the novelty wears off, is there a place for these scooters in a future transport system for Auckland?

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How can Auckland move to a more circular economy? Currently, most items we buy are not designed to be re-purposed or recycled – they are destined for landfill. How do we change this? A circular economy is a zero-waste system in which every item is designed to be re-purposed and re-used. In other words, in a circular economy, what was once considered ‘waste’ is seen as a resource: it becomes the raw materials for something else. Moving to a circular economy would reduce our overall energy consumption, resource use and waste production. It also creates opportunities for innovation and increased recycling and re-purposing of goods. How can we drive the shift to a more circular economy within government, businesses and households? Do you have ideas about where we can start? Watch this video to learn more.

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Healthy and Resilient Buildings, Places and Spaces

As our largest source of emissions, transport is a key area of focus for Auckland. Improving our transport system also presents opportunities to improve equity, health and quality of life outcomes for Aucklanders too. We’re looking for your ideas on how we can overcome barriers related to active (walking and cycling) and public transport uptake.

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Healthy and Resilient Buildings, Places and Spaces

We’re looking for ideas on how we can increase green spaces and infrastructure in Auckland.

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Healthy and Resilient Buildings, Places and Spaces

As our climate changes, the way we construct our new buildings and the features we include must change too. ‘Green buildings’ are buildings that not only reduce emissions and increase resilience to climate change but also improve indoor air quality, health and productivity. As we spend so much of our lives indoors, it is important that our buildings support people to be healthy and happy.

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Healthy and Resilient Buildings, Places and Spaces

The average lifespan of a building in New Zealand is 40 years. This means that most of the buildings that will exist in Auckland in 2050 have already been built. Retrofitting to improve our current buildings can reduce emissions and ensure they are resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.

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Vision & Ambition

I roto i te rerekētanga o te āhuarangi me pēhea te haepapa hei kaitiaki mō Tāmaki Makaurau? What is the future Tamaki Makaurau you want for the next generation? How can we make it a reality?

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Vision & Ambition

How urgent should Auckland’s response to climate change be? Help set our level of ambition by telling us what our emissions reduction targets should be and why.

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Vision & Ambition

What has to change so Auckland is climate-ready and zero-carbon? What is stopping us?    Share your ideas below.

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Vision & Ambition

A climate-ready, zero-carbon Auckland is an exciting opportunity. It could be a better place for all of us. Help us create such a place by sharing your vision.

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Open ideas

You're invited to submit ideas on absolutely anything we can incorporate into Auckland’s Climate Action Plan. We value all input, whether it's your idea, or helping to build on similar ideas. We’ll be putting out more challenges every few weeks, so look for new topics with more detail. Share your idea with #ClimateAKL

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