What Council is doing about its emissions

Find out where our greenhouse gas emissions come from and how we’re reducing them to zero by 2050.


Council’s carbon emission targets and plans

Hutt City Council has set a goal of reducing emissions to net zero by no later than 2050. The goal also applies to Council-Controlled Organisations, such as the Seaview Marina.

We've produced an action plan that sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions across the city. Some of these focus on reducing Council’s own emissions, but also include actions to change to city-wide emissions, like expanding our cycle ways.

Interim Carbon Reduction and Climate Resilience Plan 2021-2031

Council is measuring its emissions, in order to report on progress.  View our Hutt City Council Carbon footprint 2020-2021.pdf

Following Council’s progress

We've created a Climate Change & Sustainability Committee to deal with matters related to climate change and sustainability, and to receive reports on progress against our Carbon Reduction Plan. Find out more about the committee’s work at the regular committee meetings.

Council’s actions over the next 10 years

Here are some of the things we’re doing to reduce emissions at the Council over the next 10 years:

Our facilities

We plan to reduce carbon emissions from the energy used at our facilities by 30% by 2024, and 50% by 2030. The biggest savings in this area will come from changing natural gas heating to lower-carbon options, such as at our pools.

Council vehicles

We’re improving the efficiency of our vehicle fleet by switching to Electric Vehicles (EVs). As at 20 March 2022, our vehicle fleet is 34% electric, and we are scheduled to achieve 42% by June 2022. We expect 50% of our fleet to be electric vehicles in 2023 and we have a goal of 100% electric vehicle fleet by no later than 2030.

Decarbonising contracts

We are progressively decarbonising services delivered by private contractors. For example, half of the Council’s kerbside rubbish and recycling service is now delivered with electric trucks, and all trucks will be electric by 2024.

Urban Plus Limited (UPL)

New UPL dwellings will not have natural gas technologies installed, and all dwellings consented after 1 July 2021 have to be built to the New Zealand Green Building Council Homestar 6 Rating.

New Zealand Green Building Council

New Naenae pool

The new Naenae aquatic facility is being designed to the New Zealand GreenStar Building Rating Scheme (5 out of 6), and all energy will come from either electricity or alternative low-carbon energy sources.

Silverstream Landfill

We have a gas collection system in place, and a power plant to generate energy from the methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, emitted from decomposing waste. We also have a supplementary flare in place to improve methane destruction efficiency.