Council Climate News

We regularly publish a column called Climate Action, as part of an ongoing series on climate change. We invite voices from the community and other stakeholders, as well as talking about Council and Government initiatives and news. You'll find our Climate Action column here, as well as other news items.

February 2023: A new Climate Change Advisory Group will work closely with Nelson City Council and community organisations to set the direction for Council's climate change strategy. The strategy will provide a clear vision and long-term objectives to ensure investment is targeted towards projects that will have the greatest impact, and the Group will help to guide priority areas for action by Council and the community.

Click on the link to read the article >>> New Climate Change Advisory Group

February 2023: Collaboration and partnerships with iwi is critical to driving sustainable climate change solutions in Te Tauihu. 

Click on the link to read the article >>> Building in-house emissions measurement capability for iwi 

December 2022: Nelson City Council Environmental Programmes Adviser, Scott Butcher, provides insight on some of the work happening to combat climate change and enhance Nelson’s coastal ecosystems.

Click on the link to read the article >>> Fostering resilience in our coastal ecosystems

September 2022: Stats NZ’s latest data release shows a steady reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per capita in Nelson, with data around increasing transport emissions endorsing the direction of plans such as the Active Transport Nelson Strategy and the Te Tauihu Regional Land Transport Plan. 

Click on the link to read the article >>> Latest emission reduction stats highlight areas to focus on

July 2022: Throughout the month of July Council has held a series of webinars and community workshops, seeking the community's views on what you value about living near the coast and Maitai river, and what you feel is important to achieve through our climate change adaptation response. Read the article below to hear some of the feedback we've already received, and don't forget to have your say before this round of feedback closes on 14 August. 

Click on the link to read the article >>> Nelson Climate Adaptation: Have your say on how we can build a climate resilient future

June 2022: Some insight into the new NZ SeaRise data and how it affects current and future Council projects, and adaptation planning.

Click on the link to read the article >>> Explainer: how the SeaRise data affects Nelson City Council projects

June 2022: The government recently released Aotearoa New Zealand's first Emissions Reduction Plan outlining actions for achieving our first emissions budget and contributing to global efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. 

Guest writer Lindsay Wood, Director Resilienz Ltd. shares his thoughts on the plan and next steps. 

Click on the link to read the article >>> The Emissions Reduction Plan and us

May 2022: As part of our series on climate change, Nelson City Council Climate Change Manager, Rachel Pemberton, provides insight on how by working together, we can develop solutions to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Click on the link to read the article >>> Building a climate resilient future – together

April 2022: Mission Zero is a new initiative launched by Businesses for Climate Action, a local trust dedicated to helping businesses adapt to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

Click on the link to read Businesses for Climate Action's Chief Action Officer Jodie Kuntzsch talking about the launch and what it means for local businesses >>> Mission Zero, a new initiative from Businesses for Climate Action

March 2022: An important part of Council’s role in responding to climate change is to provide information to our community about opportunities to access funding and grants towards renewable energy or energy efficiency.

Click on the link to read our March column which shows you how to >>> Reduce emissions and save money on your power bill 

February 2022 : The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum is taking a strategic approach to lessen the impact of climate change, influencing others to take action and providing a home to those that are able to donate their time and energy to help influence positive change.

Click on the link to read >>> A model for a better future, by Nelson Tasman Climate Forum 

 October 2021: The most up-to-date data from Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) separates Nelson household and industry greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from neighbouring Tasman for the first time, allowing a greater understanding of Whakatū Nelson's emissions profile.

Click on the link to read more about >>> Understanding Nelson's emissions profile