Energy and Climate Change Mitigation

Low Carbon Auckland

Today, cities around the world are at the forefront of a global transformation to a sustainable, energy resilient, low carbon future.

Auckland now has the opportunity to join this shift. A fast-growing population, climate uncertainty, scarce resources, volatile fossil fuel prices and dependence on imported energy are just some of the challenges and opportunities that call for decisive action and innovation.

Auckland joins Global Climate Leadership Network

During the international climate negotiations in Paris, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the addition of Auckland to its global network of cities tackling climate change.

C40 is a strategic global network of over 75 leading cities working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks.

Member cities share:

  • knowledge
  • best practice
  • research
  • commitment to leading globally on climate change.

To speed up local climate action, the C4 connects and resources city staff across more than 50 countries, 20 time zones and 26 languages.

Over the past four years, Auckland Council has saved at least $1.5 to $2 million annually from reduced energy, waste and water use.

The council will continuously seek savings and emissions reductions although they will become more challenging to identify.

By working together, Auckland and other C40 cities will collaborate, innovate and reduce emissions – creating healthier, more prosperous and liveable cities.

To find out more, visit the C40 Global Network.

Year in action

The first Low Carbon Auckland Annual implementation update has been released.

The purpose of the update is to:

  • report yearly on the progress made on implementing the plan
  • signal what will be happening over the next 12 months.

Measuring progress supports on-going accountability, more informed decision-making and more targeted collaborative action.

The update describes a number of initiatives that are already underway since the launch of the plan in July 2014. While significant progress has been made, there is still much to be done.

For the Low Carbon Auckland - A Year in Action, see Related documents.

Compact of Mayors

The Compact of Mayors is a global initiative of local government organisations working together to demonstrate the collective impact of city action to fight climate change.

UN launched the Compact of Mayors, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks:

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
  • Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
  • United Cities and Local Governments

The compact establishes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through:

  • standardised measurement of emissions and climate risk
  • consistent, public reporting of their efforts.

By joining this initiative the council shares its commitment and progress globally, highlighting the important contribution of cities to this most urgent challenge of the 21st century.

For more information, visit the Compact of Mayors website.

Local leaders climate change declaration

Auckland Council has joined local government leaders from across New Zealand in signing up to a local government declaration on action on climate change.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse launched the declaration on behalf of Local Government New Zealand.

The declaration is a collective recognition led by mayors of the larger cities. It shows the need for urgent and more ambitious action to address climate change.

Sir Bob Harvey will present the declaration at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. The names of councils would be added to the declaration beforehand.

To view the declaration, visit the Local Government New Zealand website.

About the plan

Low Carbon Auckland was officially launched by Mayor Len Brown together with civic and business leaders on 1 July 2014.

The plan sets out a 30-year pathway and a 10-year plan of action to transform towards a greener, more prosperous, liveable, low carbon city, powered by efficient, affordable, clean energy and using resources sustainably.

You can listen to the guest speakers on our YouTube page.

Official launch - Sean Simpson (Co-founder, Lanzatech) and Cameron Jones (Actor/ GenZero Ambassador) with Mayor Len Brown, Councillor Wayne Walkers and Chief Planning Officer Roger Blakeley
Official launch - Sean Simpson (Co-founder, Lanzatech) and Cameron Jones (Actor/ GenZero Ambassador) with Mayor Len Brown, Councillor Wayne Walker and Chief Planning Officer Roger Blakeley

The plan focuses on five key areas of transformation:

The way we travel (PDF 324KB)

The way we use and generate energy (PDF 565KB)

Our built environment and green infrastructure (PDF 152KB)

Zero Waste (PDF 2.5MB)

Forestry, agriculture and natural carbon assets (PDF 156KB)

Collaboration – the key to success

Low Carbon Auckland is a Plan for Auckland – everyone has a role to play!

Civic and business leaders join Mayor Brown to launch Low Carbon Auckland.
Civic and business leaders join Mayor Brown to launch Low Carbon Auckland.

More than 400 representatives from approximately 150 business, community, non-governmental organisations and knowledge institutions have worked collaboratively to develop Low Carbon Auckland.

Now that we have developed a plan it is now time to turn the strategies into action - actions that involve all Aucklanders.

Opportunities, outcomes and benefits

Transforming to a Low Carbon Auckland will bring far-reaching opportunities and benefits for strengthening economic prosperity, enhancing our environment and improving standards of living.

Specific outcomes include:

  • greener buildings (new and retrofitted) and more warm, dry and energy-efficient homes heated with affordable energy
  • an energy-efficient transport system with greater choice, diversity of fuels and alternative energy technologies
  • efficient development and use of renewable energy (including solar PV and large scale wind generation)
  • reduced vulnerability to volatile fuel prices and potential supply disruptions by reducing our dependency on imported fossil fuels
  • reduced vulnerability to resources becoming scarce through minimising waste, product stewardship and producing food locally
  • partnering with Māori to practise kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and to leverage Māori assets and knowledge for the benefit of all
  • profitable businesses through increased productivity and competitiveness
  • an enhanced profile and reputation for Auckland as a key export and tourism hub.

View the summary document for an insight to what a low carbon Auckland could look like:

Low Carbon Auckland: Executive summary - July 2014 (PDF 4.2MB)

Get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved.

  • Are you already working towards a Low Carbon future? Let us know if you or your organisation is involved in delivering any actions in the action plan.
  • Tell us about an inspiring individual, group or business that is leading Auckland’s low carbon transformation through innovative leadership, entrepreneurship and action. We would like promote Auckland’s ‘brightspots’ to support and inspire others to take action.
  • Sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the progress of the action plan and how you can stay involved.

For more information or to join our mailing list please email with your name (and organisation if applicable).

View the Low Carbon Auckland plan in full:

Low Carbon Auckland - July 2014 (PDF 14.7MB)

Low Carbon Auckland appendices - July 2014 (PDF 10.5MB)

Bright Spots

Find out what Auckland organisations, communities and Auckland Council are doing to create a low carbon, energy resilient city.

Henderson Valley School

Reducing our environmental impact has just become a part of what we do. Read more about what we're doing:

Bright Spot - Henderson Valley School (PDF 51KB)

Grey Lynn Transition Town

It's surprisingly easy to engage people in local issues that they care about and make a really positive change.

Read more about what we're doing:

Bright Spot - Grey Lynn Transition Town (PDF 51KB)

Ngati Whatua Oraki

When I started, many of these technological features were just too expensive but things have changed and we have a lot more options.

Read more about what we're doing:

Bright Spot - Ngati Whatua Oraki (PDF 43KB)

Beach Haven Community Transport

We deliver similar programmes across Auckland to help raise awareness of travel choices in communities and promote the use of public transport, carpooling, walking and cycling.

Read more about what we're doing:

Bright Spot - Beach Haven Community Transport (PDF 41KB)

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