News and information – Wellington gets an A for climate action

CDP is a global non-profit organization that manages the global environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions.

To get an A, among other actions, a city must have a city-wide emissions inventory and have published a climate action plan. It must also carry out a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and demonstrate how it will address climate hazards.

Wellington and the other 121 cities on this year’s List A are also being celebrated for showing that urgent and impactful climate action – from ambitious emissions reduction targets to building resilience against climate change – is achievable globally. , and in cities with climatic realities and priorities.

Many List A cities also take a variety of other leadership actions, including the political commitment of a city’s mayor to address climate change.

Mayor Tory Whanau welcomes this List A recognition and says she has received a mandate from the people of Wellington to create a city of more sustainable impact.

“This Council has already done a lot of hard mahi in terms of climate action, and we still have so much to do and a long way to go, but this recognition indicates that we are on the right track.

“From implementing the Paneke Pōneke bicycle network, to investing in environmental groups and organizations, to building resilience, greening our city, and carrying out our action plan against climate change. climate change, we will continue to show our commitment to Te Atakura – First to Zero, the goal of becoming a net zero carbon capital by 2050.

“We will create a people-driven city of impact, where communities and the environment thrive together,” said Mayor Whanau.

Cities cover less than 2% of the planet’s surface, yet they account for around 70% of global emissions, and 55% of the world’s population lives in cities, a figure that is expected to rise to 70% by 2050.

President of Kōrau Tūāpapa | Environment and Infrastructure Committee Advisor Tamatha Paul said that as the planet’s kaitiakitanga, we have a responsibility to future generations.

I am proud of the Council’s strong record on climate action. But we must continue to work hard to make climate-friendly lifestyles easy, affordable and accessible to everyone.