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Have your say on low carbon plan

Last updated 05:00 27/03/2014

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Greenhouse gas emissions in the city will be slashed by 40 per cent by 2040 if the Auckland Council has its way.

The draft Low Carbon Auckland Action Plan has been written and the council wants to hear what the public think about it.

Environment, climate change and natural heritage committee chairman Wayne Walker says cities account for up to 80 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions and it's essential that future energy supply is clean, secure and affordable.

"A fast-growing population, volatile fuel prices and dependence on imported energy are just some of the challenges and opportunities that call for decisive action, smart thinking and innovation," he says.

Transport accounts for 40 per cent of Auckland's energy consumption and is the biggest greenhouse gas contributor, followed by industrial manufacturing at 19 per cent.

The plan identifies five main areas that need to be changed to achieve the council's goal.

They are transport, energy generation, buildings and infrastructure, waste and natural carbon assets such as forestry and agriculture.

For the first 10 years of the plan there would be changes such as upgrading public transport to run on alternative fuels and starting energy generation methods.

Feedback is open until April 7 and the final revised plan will be adopted in June.

Go to aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/haveyoursay to make a submission.

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- Manukau Courier

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