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This is how we're responding in Selwyn.

Committing to change

Selwyn District Council was one of the earliest signatories to the New Zealand Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration 2017. As a signatory, the Council is committed to developing and implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to engage with tangata whenua, and to support resilience within local communities.

The Council is also working to improve the resource efficiency and health of homes, businesses and infrastructure in the district, and help communities to understand and prepare for the physical impacts of climate change.

The Council adopted its first formal climate change policy in December 2020. The policy set the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and commits the Council to consider the impact on climate in every decision, and to consider what steps can be taken to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Selwyn District Council has also:

  • Formed an expert group to examine climate change-related opportunities and risks, and to develop an integrated adaptation action plan that will feed into planning processes.
  • Mapped its own carbon footprint and started to make changes to reduce emissions.
  • Undertaken a project to install LED lightbulbs in all street lighting. This will reduce electricity use, maintenance costs and waste from replaced light bulbs.
  • Begun upgrading its Resource Recovery Centre to improve recycling, recovery and reuse of materials along with an education space to support training on reducing carbon footprints through better use of waste.