Climate Change and Biodiversity
On 27 June 2019, Queenstown Lakes District Council declared a climate and ecological emergency.
Over the last few years, Council has embarked on a journey towards a major organisational behaviour shift ensuring climate change considerations are reflected in decision making, policy setting, projects, and service delivery.
But there is still a way to go.
Check out our draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025 to see the direction we are heading in, as well as our previous plan, community updates, and climate reports for our district below.Draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan Climate Action Plan 2019-2022 Climate and sustainability updates Climate Reference Group Further information
Draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 - 2025
The draft plan, which sets out how the district is going to respond to climate change, includes more than 60 actions. These range from reducing carbon emissions through more effective land-use planning and infrastructure design, to regenerating native forest, as well as district-wide goals including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 44% by 2030 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
We asked for community feedback on the draft plan during April 2022.
We're currently considering this feedback for the final Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025, which will be put forward for Council to adopt mid-year.
Climate Action Plan 2019 - 2022
The Climate Action Plan 2019-2022 | Te Mahere Āhurangi o Ngā Tau 2019-2022 was adopted 12 March 2020 to guide local action to help our district adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
This Climate Action Plan was the first for our district. It identifies ways in which we can reduce emissions and set a strategic direction for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.
The current draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025 builds on this first plan.
Climate and sustainability updates
We have an e-newsletter which you can sign up for. The newsletter features climate and sustainability stories from across the district, including Council activities, as well as case studies, what’s coming up, and profiles of people making positive change in Queenstown Lakes.
Climate Reference Group
The Climate Reference Group is made up of community leaders and climate experts to provide advice to Council’s climate action team. The group has been particularly instrumental in the development of the draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025, including advocating for a stronger focus on biodiversity.
Climate Reference Group members:
Bridget Legnavsky: Chairperson
Alec Tang: Climate Action in Government Expert
Alexa Forbes: Otago Regional Councillor
Dr Barrie Wills: Biodiversity Expert
Esther Whitehead: QLDC Councillor
Gail Thompson: nominated by Te Ao Marama on behalf of runaka
Dr Jim Salinger: Climate Change Expert
Dr Lyn Carter: nominated by Aukaha on behalf of runaka
Niki Gladding: QLDC Councillor
Quentin Smith: QLDC Councillor and Infrastructure Committee Chair
Tony Pfeiffer: Upper Clutha Community Leader
Vacant: Whakatipu Community Leader