Climate Change

​In May 2019, Council adopted a Climate Change Policy, setting out Council’s position on how the Council will respond to climate change as an organisation.

One of our goals is that the Council will strive to understand climate change and what it means for the Ashburton District now and in the future, and create opportunities to share that knowledge with the wider community.  This webpage is part of our commitment to sharing knowledge with the community.

Council documents​

Council’s purpose under the Local Government Act 2002 includes promoting “the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future”. Climate change represents opportunities and threats for the Ashburton District.  These documents outline the Council’s position on climate change and related issues.

Climate Change Policy
Submission to Council Zero Carbon Bill
Submission on the Action on Agricultural Emission Discussion Document

NZ Government documents

Cabinet Papers
This link takes you to Cabinet Papers relating to climate change response and the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

Deep South Science Challenge
The Deep South Challenge is a research collaboration between NIWA, the NZ Antarctic Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, University of Otago, Antarctica New Zealand, GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Canterbury.  The Challenge aims to understand the role of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment.

More information on the Programmes and Projects from the Challenge can be found here. You can drill into each of the five programme areas to find a list of projects and information about each project.

Interim Climate Change Committee
The Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) is a Ministerial Advisory Committee appointed by the Climate Change Minister with the agreement of Cabinet.  The ICCC website is here.

The ICCC has reported to the Minister on reducing agricultural emissions and on planning for the transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035​.

Ministry for the Environment
The Ministry for the Environment works with New Zealanders to care for, manage and invest in our natural resources wisely, so that our environment thrives along with our economy and people.  The Ministry is the lead Ministry on climate change.  Information on climate change can be accessed through here.

You can also go direct to:
Why climate change matters
What the Government is doing
State of our atmosphere and climate
We all have a role to play
Likely Impacts of climate change

NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research)
NIWA is a Crown Research Institute set up in 1992.  NIWA’S purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

You can see a list of NIWA publications here.

Parliament is where the law of New Zealand is made.  These links direct you to current climate change legislation and legislation under debate by Parliament.

Climate Change Response (Zero-Carbon) Amendment Bill
Climate Change Response Act 2002 as at 1 January 2019

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) is an independent Officer of Parliament with broad powers to investigate environmental concerns. The current Commissioner is Simon Upton.  The role of the PCE is to provide independent reports and advice on environmental issues to maintain or improve the quality of the New Zealand environment.

You can see a list of publications from the Commissioner here including reports related to cl.imate change.

Productivity Commission
The main purpose of the Productivity Commission is to provide advice to the Government on improving productivity in a way that supports the overall well-being of New Zealanders.  The Commission completed an inquiry and reported on transitioning to a low-emissions economy during 2017-2019.

Detailed information on the Inquiry, including full and summary reports, can be found here

The Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s Low Emissions Economy Report can be found here.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.  Information on Assessment Reports and Special Reports can be found here.

Recent reports include:
Climate Change and Land – a special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.  This link is to the approved Summary for Policymakers
Global Warming of 1.5ᵒC – a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ᵒC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emissions pathways.  This link is to the approved Summary for Policymakers​.

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