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New Zealand’s capital has set an ambitious goal to reduce city emissions by 57% by 2030 and be a net zero carbon city by 2050. Wellington’s climate action plan is called ‘Te Atakura’, which means ‘a new start’ when translated from the local Māori language. It sets out the city’s climate goals, with six key action areas: transportation and urban form, building energy, adaptation, advocacy, other city-wide initiatives, and the council itself.

To achieve its urgent, collective goals, Wellington has partnered with private and corporate citizens, local entrepreneurs, universities, energy companies, mobility companies and many others. A connected city-wide bike network is being built and a 20-year transport plan is being implemented. ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ aims to reduce congestion by introducing rapid transit, improve public transport and create more ways for Wellingtonians to walk around the city. This is projected to reduce emissions by over 42 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Waste management is also crucial to Wellington’s future, and the city plans to reduce waste going to landfill by a third by 2026, cutting emissions 23 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent. https://wellington.govt.nz

To achieve its urgent, collective goals, Wellington has partnered with private and corporate citizens, local entrepreneurs, universities, energy companies, mobility companies and many others. A connected city-wide bike network is being built and a 20-year transport plan is being implemented. ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ aims to reduce congestion by introducing rapid transit, improve public transport and create more ways for Wellingtonians to walk around the city. This is projected to reduce emissions by over 42 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Waste management is also crucial to Wellington’s future, and the city plans to reduce waste going to landfill by a third by 2026, cutting emissions 23 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent. https://wellington.govt.nz

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