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Global recognition for Auckland leadership on climate action

Auckland’s ambitious targets and leadership on tackling climate change have earned C40 Innovator City status from the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

The C40 Innovator City status acknowledges Auckland’s innovation and initiatives to lower the city’s carbon emissions and protect the environment.

Mayor Phil Goff says, “Climate change is a defining issue of our time. Setting ambitious zero-emission targets is the only way we will limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and prevent the huge economic and environmental costs that will otherwise result. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a key role to play.

Environment and Community Committee Chair Penny Hulse believes radical changes are needed to combat climate change but recognises progress in the right direction and pioneering new approaches.

“A climate-ready Auckland needs bold commitment and innovation. With NZTA, we’re investing $900 million in the next 10 years in safe cycling infrastructure including the SkyPath, and Ports of Auckland is exploring new technology with its hydrogen pilot plant which could provide clean energy to fuel our fleet of buses and harbour ferries.”