Waikato Regional Council achieves 44.4 per cent emissions reduction in four years

23 Nov 2021

Waikato Regional Council achieves 44.4 per cent emissions reduction in four years

Waikato Regional Council has reduced its gross emissions from its corporate activities by 44.4 per cent since 2016/2017 and has saved $97,000 in electricity alone in the last three years.

Deputy chair of the council’s Climate Action committee and Thames-Coromandel representative on WRC, Denis Tegg (pictured), says this is outstanding climate action leadership by the council and shows that substantial savings can also be achieved for ratepayers from emission reduction actions. 

“Further significant emission reductions and cost savings can be expected when the council installs solar panels on its Paeroa office,” says Mr Tegg. “The estimated cost savings in the first year is $4,745 and the net savings over 25 years is $101,623. An estimated 83 tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) will be avoided over 25 years. The cost of the installation is $35,000 with an estimated payback period of just seven years.”

An annual audit of WRC’s participation in the Toitu Carbonreduce Certification Programme for 2020/2021 has confirmed a 14.5 per cent annual reduction in emissions from the previous year. “The council is well on track to meet its current target of 68 per cent CO2e reductions by 2030 compared to its 2016/2017 base year,” says Mr Tegg. “Emissions from electricity consumption have reduced from 715 tons CO2e in the base year of 2016/17 to 226 tons CO2e in 2020/2021, a reduction of 68.4 per cent overall and of 14.4 per cent since 2019/2020.

“Now it's up to other councils to follow WRC’s lead and get stuck in and implement comprehensive emission reduction actions. “Recent public submissions to Thames-Coromandel District Council on emission reductions show overwhelming support for immediate action. Hauraki District Council has developed an excellent ‘Carbon Promise Plan’. It’s time for action.”