Wellington City Council
New Zealand

Population: 203800
Area of jurisdiction: 290.11 km2


  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 80% by 2050 (2003) 80% by 2050 (2001)
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 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets


Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Council Operations
There is an ongoing energy management program for Council facilities involving facility audits and priority actions implementation that emerges from those audits. The Council is currently testing GIS systems in selected fleet vehicles. Information from this trial will be used to assess vehicle capabilities and optimum fleet size. Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
The Council is testing sewage sludge disposal and energy generation using microwave pyrolysis. A Waste Minimization and Conservation Plan has been developed, covering aspects such as education, funding and bylaws. Allowances for purchasing carbon credits have been considered in long-term financial plans. The City already captures 90% of the methane from its Southern Landfill in order to generate electricity. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
The Council currently holds over 4700 carbon credits from city forests, valued at approximately US$ 76,775, and is anticipating up to US$ 408,375 in credits by January 2013 by committing other forest areas to carbon-sink schemes. In December 2011, the Council completed its first carbon trade of voluntary emission reduction units (VERs) that were linked to its PFSI forests. The trade resulted in net revenue of $120k. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
Land Transport
The Council has initiated and coordinated an electric vehicles pilot program, resulting in New Zealand’s first production electric cars (eight Mitsubishi iMiEVs) operating with four Wellington business partners. It has also helped open the city’s first electric vehicle charging station. Monitoring and analysis of vehicle use is underway. There are now one million NZ dollars invested yearly in safer cycling and the first suburban, shared pathway will open in October. Walking targets are reached by more than 42% of children walking to school, alongside excellent numbers with regard to CBD workers who choose to walk to work. Public transport usage is the highest in Australasia. The Mayor sets an example by often cycling and walking around the city and rejecting her mayoral vehicle. All overseas Council travel includes the purchase of carbon offsets Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
Buildings and Energy
The Council has commenced a program to reduce household energy and resource use. The primary aim is to implement energy efficiency retrofits and projects in 1500 homes per year—saving an average of 1 metric ton of CO2-e per participating household per annum. This program is also expanding to include other elements of household sustainability and resilience such as earthquake preparedness, water capture and storage, and waste efficiency. Start year  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress

Adaptation actions