To better understand where to put our focus, we recently commissioned a community carbon footprint for our region. Learn more about regional greenhouse gas emissions and emissions reduction activities.
Our regional goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050. To inform this work, we commissioned Hawke’s Bay’s first community carbon footprint for the periods of 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21. You can find the full report including how it was calculated here.
See the representation below of the gross emissions of greenhouse gases in Hawke’s Bay. Over the last three years, we have seen a small decrease in gross emissions and a 20% decrease in net emissions once we add in the sequestration effects of forest plantation in our region.
|Net/Gross Emissions||2018/19 (tCO2e)||2019/20 (tCO2e)||2020/21 (tCO2e)||% change (2018/19 to 2020/21)|
|Total Net Emissions (including forestry)||1,855,570||1,413,954||1,483,156||-20%|
|Total Gross Emissions (excluding forestry)||4,497,263||4,155,767||4,345,997||-3%|
While this is a trend in the right direction, achieving carbon neutral will require both emissions reduction and increased offsets for unavoidable emissions.
Aotearoa New Zealand has legislated our 2050 emissions reductions targets. These are:
Biogenic methane is produced by living organisms. This means emissions resulting from plant or animal processes in the waste and agriculture sectors.
New Zealand’s Climate Change Commission has recognised that emissions budgets sit at the heart of the transition to a thriving, climate resilient and low-emissions Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Climate Change Commission is responsible for providing advice to the New Zealand Government on emissions reductions pathways and in their May 2021 report they identified that we are not on track to meet our targets.
They explain this is due to a previous short-term focus on relying on planting trees and purchasing offshore mitigation rather than actual emissions reductions at source.
An alternative approach is needed, and the Climate Change Commission called out the need to develop emissions budgets that are equitable, ambitious and achievable.
Read the full report here.
In May 2022 the government published New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan. This sets the direction for climate action for the next 15 years and lays out targets and required actions for every sector of the economy.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is developing Hawke’s Bay’s first emissions reduction plan, the first draft of which is due by the end of June 2023.
Aligned to New Zealand’s emissions targets, our goal is for Hawke’s Bay to be carbon neutral by 2050.
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