Regional emissions reduction strategy

Status Underway

Start Date December 2021

Due Date February 2024

Lead Organisation/s

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Regional emissions reduction strategy

What we’re doing

The Wellington – Wairarapa – Horowhenua region is an extraordinary and unique part of Aotearoa.  We all want to see our region thrive environmentally, socially and culturally, now and for generations to come.

Yet currently the human-induced impacts of a warming world are being felt in our backyard. To address this we need to make actionable decisions that will inform how to most effectively reduce our emissions for the benefit of our region – for today and tomorrow.

This Regional Emissions Reduction Strategy project will develop a strategic approach to transitioning to a zero-carbon region that meets our needs and aspirations. 

Taking a regionally-coordinated approach, the Strategy will identify opportunities to fast track emission reductions. 

All voices in the region are important when planning how we reduce carbon emissions in a targeted way – including government, iwi, sector specialists, rangatahi and community groups. The actions identified in the Strategy will be delivered by a diverse range of stakeholders.

To learn more about this project or find out how you can get involved in a workshop, you can email Project Lead Arya Franklyn.


  1. A technical emissions stocktake of current and planned council, and other key organisational activities, to create baseline data for the two deliverables below
  2. A) Review options for modelling decarbonisation pathways and hold workshops to develop a set of principles for a transition to being a low/no carbon region B). Develop an emissions reduction strategy, including scenario and options analysis
  3. Develop an agreed suite of tools to inform further spatial, structure and master planning to achieve low-emissions in urban areas.