The Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap for local residents to work towards becoming a low carbon community and manage the impacts of climate change
The action plan has been adopted by Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board and deputy chair Debbie Burrows acknowledges that the involvement of local stakeholders was key to its development.
“We now realise more than ever that having a plan in place is critical, and it will better prepare our communities and strengthen their resilience for future events,” she says.
“However, the plan needs to build on existing regional and local initiatives so we’re not duplicating work that is already underway, and it needed to include community input.”
In addition to supporting the local board’s objectives, the local climate action plan aligns with Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan which aims to make Auckland a resilient, zero carbon community.
Local objectives include:
- more people have the choice to use public or active transport to go about their daily lives
- communities are resilient and feels prepared for the effects of climate change.
Preparation for the plan involved a stocktake of existing low-carbon projects and discussions with community stakeholders, gleaning insights and identifying opportunities for action.
More than 30 stakeholders contributed to the development of the plan including representatives from mana whenua, key community organisations and businesses, Auckland Council staff and representatives from council-controlled organisations.
The action plan outlines goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions targets, actions suggested by community stakeholders and identifies flagship projects the board should prioritise for seed funding.
They include investigation of potential for council facilities to be solar-powered, replacing gas heating with electric heat pumps, promote awareness of the Onehunga Recycling Centre, supporting community-led food initiatives and more.
Feedback also favoured having a monitoring framework for measuring progress against targets.
While adopting the plan signifies the local board’s commitment to climate action, many of the proposed actions in the plan are not currently funded.
Implementing the plan will require further investment to deliver its prescribed actions. As a result, the board has resolved to allocate funds from the remainder of the local board’s 2022/2023 climate action programme budget to support relevant community-led projects.
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