Palmerston North City Council
New Zealand

Population: 84300
Area of jurisdiction: 326 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 20% by 2020 (1990) 100% by 2050 (2006)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a 100% by 2015
Energy efficiency target: n/a 10% by 2015 (2006)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2010 ):  7,155 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Mitigation actions

Sustainability Awareness Raising
Eco Wars: PNCC supports 10 tertiary flats in order to compete in a sustainable living program over a three-month timeframe, featuring corresponding workshops. Sustainable Business Education: PNCC supports the Natural Step program and provides scholarships for 10 local businesses to attend a locally administered sustainable business program. Environmental Education: Education is fundamental to PNCC strategy and programs are available for Primary and Intermediate Schools, Secondary Schools, and include Adult and Tertiary Education. Statistics show more than 2500 schoolchildren visit the site Clean Bin Project annually. Green Corridors: PNCC supports native planting, with 90,000+ trees and over 25 hectares planted, supported by 20-50 participants per community. Let’s Carpool: Regional online carpooling solution. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Energy Efficiency and Management
In 2011 energy audits completed for top 5 energy-use facilities (CAB, Library, Arena, WWTP, Albert St. Depot), a solar hot water system was implemented at Freyberg Pool; Vivian St. was provisioned with LED streetlights. During 2012 solar photovoltaic panels were installed on the new depot at the Victoria Esplanade and LED streetlights with dimming systems were installed on Cascade Crescent and Kensington Mews. PNCC encourages active transport and provides alternatives to cars (such as electric bikes) for short work trips. Four electric bikes were purchased for employee use. Start year 2011
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Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Recycling and Composting
The Council has little control over the waste sector apart from its own operations. The Council provides an opportunity for recycling and separating waste types in public places; influences what types of packaging products come in at venues and facilities, and provides education about waste reduction. Actions include an audit of corporate waste arrangements for Council facilities that was undertaken in 2011, curbside recycling pickup (since 2010) and a composting trial (currently underway) to assess city-wide composting scheme capacities. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Smart meters and displays
Smart meters and displays to allows better management of major energy using facilities and to raise awareness of energy use among building users Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Freyberg pool Solar hot water showers
Solar hot water showers Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Freyberg pool Variable Speed Drives
Installation of variable speed drives at the pool. Expected savings of 20% electricity Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Implementing Energy Audits of top 5 facilities
  Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Energy Audit of top five energy using facilities
Audits carried out to prioritise investment in energy efficiency Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Electric Bikes
Four electric bikes purchased to provide an alternative to cars for short work trips Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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LED Streetlight replacements
Streetlights being replaced with LED streetlights. Trial of three in 2010. First full street replacement in 2011 20+ sets. Dimming technology included Start year 2010
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogen facility
  Start year 2010
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Lido Solar Hot Water Showers
  Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Lido install Variable Speed Drives
  Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Lido Swimming Pool Cover
  Start year 2007
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Awapuni Landfill Gas Generator
  Start year 2005
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Turitea Water Treatment Plant Mini hydro generation
  Start year 2001
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

District plan review - 0.2% AEP flood protection
  Start year 2010
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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