Climate change

Together we can reduce our emissions and prepare for the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change.

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. It is already affecting our weather, health and wellbeing, natural environment, taonga species, mahinga kai, food production, biosecurity, infrastructure, and the economy.

We know our community cares about climate change. By collectively committing to urgent climate action, we can create a better future for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, and explore new opportunities as we transition to a low-emission, innovative and more sustainable city.

In 2019, Christchurch City Council set ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for our district, in response to strong community feedback. We’re committed to making our district carbon-neutral by 2045 – five years ahead of central Government targets.

As a district, we need to reduce our carbon emissions and do what we can to mitigate the effects of climate change. We also need to prepare for the changes that are ahead of us and respond to the social, environmental and economic effects of our changing climate.

We’ve created our draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy as a blueprint for collective action and part of a wider conversation about how we work together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to minimise future harm, and plan for the ongoing effects of climate change.

Read the full draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy [PDF, 1.9 MB](external link). 

Have your say(external link) on the draft strategy by 25 April 2021.

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