Councils and Agency ignore opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Councils and Agency ignore opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have recently launched Let’s Get Wellington Moving – a campaign to publicise a variety of options for the future of Wellington Central’s transport network.  However, none of the proposed options result in any significant reduction to greenhouse gas emissions.

At the Diocesan Synod this year, we agreed to prioritise reducing carbon emissions.  This consultation period, which lasts until the 15th of December, offers a perfect opportunity for members of the diocese, especially those living in greater Wellington, to put into practice our Synod commitment and submit a response to the Councils and NZTA, asking for options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

You can visit getwellymoving.co.nz to learn about the proposals and make your submissions.  We recommend reading through some of the supporting documents to understand each of the options and what they will mean for the environment.

Scenario A, although not perfect, appears to be the best option of the four from an emissions point of view.  In addition to supporting this proposal, we suggest you also make key points on:

  • A call for action on the plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as none of the scenarios suggest any serious action on reducing emissions.
  • Assert the idea that the plan should centre on walking, cycling, buses and light rail as the best modes of transport throughout the city and best way to reduce traffic congestion.

Submissions are open now until the 15th of December.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Diocesan Advocacy Enabler Kate Day at kate@wn.ang.org.nz.