A growing population will put strain on our natural resources. It is vital that we ensure resources are used efficiently and sustainably for future generations. A sustainability focus will allow us to begin transitioning Christchurch to a low carbon city.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

What this means for our district

  • Energy is used efficiently, with a greater proportion from renewable sources.
  • Water is used efficiently and sustainably.
  • Each person and organisation works towards zero waste.
  • We transition to being a low carbon city.

How we are contributing

We have recently replaced our car fleet with an electric car sharing service(external link). These cars are shared with other organisations who have signed onto the scheme, and will help council achieve our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

We are currently developing a policy statement on climate change, and action plans for our approach to mitigation and adaption. Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan outlines our approach to waste minimisation, and encourages all organisations and individuals to take responsibility for reducing waste to landfill.

How you can help

Reduce your carbon footprint by taking your bike or sharing a ride with friends and family, or using public transport. Consider a battery electric vehicle if you're buying a new car, or try out a car share scheme.

If you're building a new home, or renovating an existing building, use sustainable materials and incorporate renewable energy options to save you money and help the environment. Avoid watering your garden during the the day in summer to avoid evaporation and water wastage.