I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Committee will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 12 August 2021

10.00am

Reception Lounge
Auckland Town Hall
301-305 Queen Street
Auckland

 

Kōmiti Mō Te Hurihanga Āhuarangi me Te Taiao / Environment and Climate Change Committee

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Cr Richard Hills

 

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Pippa Coom

 

Members

Cr Josephine Bartley

Cr Tracy Mulholland

 

Cr Dr Cathy Casey

Cr Daniel Newman, JP

 

Deputy Mayor Cr Bill Cashmore

Cr Greg Sayers

 

Cr Fa’anana Efeso Collins

Cr Desley Simpson, JP

 

Cr Linda Cooper, JP

Cr Sharon Stewart, QSM

 

Cr Angela Dalton

Cr Wayne Walker

 

Cr Chris Darby

Cr John Watson

 

Cr Alf Filipaina

IMSB Member Glenn Wilcox

 

Cr Christine Fletcher, QSO

IMSB Member Karen Wilson

 

Mayor Hon Phil Goff, CNZM, JP

Cr Paul Young

 

Cr Shane Henderson

 

 

(Quorum 11 members)

 

 

Suad Allie

Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere Matua /

Senior Governance Advisor

 

9 August 2021

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 977 6953

Email: suad.allie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


 

Terms of Reference

 

Responsibilities

 

This committee deals with the development and monitoring of strategy, policy and action plans associated with environmental and climate change activities.   The committee will establish an annual work programme outlining key focus areas in line with its key responsibilities, which include:

 

·         climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, and implementation (with other committee chairs where cross over of responsibilities exists)

·         coastal renewals, slips and remediation

·         Auckland’s Climate Action Framework

·         natural heritage (including ecology, biodiversity and biosecurity matters, such as kauri dieback)

·         protection and restoration of Auckland’s ecological health

·         water, including Auckland’s Water Strategy

·         waste minimisation

·         acquisition of property relating to the committee’s responsibilities and in accordance with the LTP

·         grants for regional environmental outcomes.

 

Powers

 

(i)      All powers necessary to perform the committee’s responsibilities, including:

(a)     approval of a submission to an external body

(b)     establishment of working parties or steering groups.

(ii)      The committee has the powers to perform the responsibilities of another committee, where it is necessary to make a decision prior to the next meeting of that other committee.

(iii)     If a policy or project relates primarily to the responsibilities of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, but aspects require additional decisions by the Planning Committee and/or the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, then the Environment and Climate Change Committee has the powers to make associated decisions on behalf of those other committee(s). For the avoidance of doubt, this means that matters do not need to be taken to more than one of these committees for decisions.

(iii)     The committee does not have:

(a)     the power to establish subcommittees

(b)     powers that the Governing Body cannot delegate or has retained to itself (section 2).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Exclusion of the public – who needs to leave the meeting

 

Members of the public

 

All members of the public must leave the meeting when the public are excluded unless a resolution is passed permitting a person to remain because their knowledge will assist the meeting.

 

Those who are not members of the public

 

General principles

 

·           Access to confidential information is managed on a “need to know” basis where access to the information is required in order for a person to perform their role.

·           Those who are not members of the meeting (see list below) must leave unless it is necessary for them to remain and hear the debate in order to perform their role.

·           Those who need to be present for one confidential item can remain only for that item and must leave the room for any other confidential items.

·           In any case of doubt, the ruling of the chairperson is final.

 

Members of the meeting

 

·           The members of the meeting remain (all Governing Body members if the meeting is a Governing Body meeting; all members of the committee if the meeting is a committee meeting).

·           However, standing orders require that a councillor who has a pecuniary conflict of interest leave the room.

·           All councillors have the right to attend any meeting of a committee and councillors who are not members of a committee may remain, subject to any limitations in standing orders.

 

Independent Māori Statutory Board

 

·           Members of the Independent Māori Statutory Board who are appointed members of the committee remain.

·           Independent Māori Statutory Board members and staff remain if this is necessary in order for them to perform their role.

 

Staff

 

·           All staff supporting the meeting (administrative, senior management) remain.

·           Other staff who need to because of their role may remain.

 

Local Board members

 

·           Local Board members who need to hear the matter being discussed in order to perform their role may remain.  This will usually be if the matter affects, or is relevant to, a particular Local Board area.

 

Council Controlled Organisations

 

·           Representatives of a Council Controlled Organisation can remain only if required to for discussion of a matter relevant to the Council Controlled Organisation.

 

 


Environment and Climate Change Committee

12 August 2021

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        7

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   7

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               7

4          Petitions                                                                                                                          7  

5          Public Input                                                                                                                    7

6          Local Board Input                                                                                                          7

7          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                8

8          CCO Climate update - Watercare                                                                                 9

9          Proposed approach and governance structure for the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (Covering report)                                                                              11

10        C40 Divest/Invest Declaration                                                                                    13

11        Review of the Forward Work Programme - Environment and Climate Change Committee                                                                                                                    25

12        Summary of Environment and Climate Change Committee information memoranda and briefings - 12 August 2021                                                                                  35

13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

 

2          Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 10 June 2021, as a true and correct record.

 

 

4          Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

 

5          Public Input

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for Public Input.  Applications to speak must be made to the Governance Advisor, in writing, no later than one (1) clear working day prior to the meeting and must include the subject matter.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.  A maximum of thirty (30) minutes is allocated to the period for public input with five (5) minutes speaking time for each speaker.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public input had been received.

 

 

6          Local Board Input

 

Standing Order 6.2 provides for Local Board Input.  The Chairperson (or nominee of that Chairperson) is entitled to speak for up to five (5) minutes during this time.  The Chairperson of the Local Board (or nominee of that Chairperson) shall wherever practical, give one (1) day’s notice of their wish to speak.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.

 

This right is in addition to the right under Standing Order 6.1 to speak to matters on the agenda.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for local board input had been received.

 


 

 

7          Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local  authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”


Environment and Climate Change Committee

12 August 2021

 

CCO Climate update - Watercare

File No.: CP2021/11531

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update to the Environment and Climate Change Committee on the Watercare climate change work programme and progress on Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      receive the presentation from Watercare and thank them for their attendance.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Suad Allie - Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere Matua / Senior Governance Advisor

Authoriser

Megan Tyler - Chief of Strategy

 


Environment and Climate Change Committee

12 August 2021

 

Proposed approach and governance structure for the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (Covering report)

File No.: CP2021/11798

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval for the proposed approach and governance structure for the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan for Auckland.

Whakarāpopototanga matuaExecutive summary

2.       This is a late covering report for the above item. The comprehensive agenda report was not available when the agenda went to print and will be provided prior to the 12 August 2021 Environment and Climate Change Committee meeting.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

The recommendations will be provided in the comprehensive agenda report.


Environment and Climate Change Committee

12 August 2021

 

C40 Divest/Invest Declaration

File No.: CP2021/11182

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an overview of the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration (Attachment A) and recommend that Auckland Council sign this declaration.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Auckland is a signatory to C40, a network of global cities committed to addressing climate change.  As part of Auckland’s commitment to meeting C40’s Leadership Standards, Auckland Council is required to endorse at least one further C40 declaration by 2022. Endorsing the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration will meet this requirement.

3.       The C40 Divest/Invest Declaration is focused on cities leading the way by divesting financial assets from fossil fuel companies and championing investments in the green economy whenever possible.

4.       Auckland Council does not currently have any fossil fuel investments; the council has a Responsible Investment Policy (Attachment B) that excludes investment in companies with business operations that involve the production of fossil fuels.

5.       Auckland Council already employs sustainable finance tools such as green bonds to finance climate action and is committed to increasing sustainable finance options, where possible.

6.       In responding to this declaration, the key actions for the council include:

·    Advocate for investments in climate solutions and divestment from fossil fuel companies by other stakeholders, such as private financial institutions and central government.

·    Increase our financial investments in climate solutions.

·    Monitor progress and communicate this progress to C40 on an annual basis.

7.       C40 will be announcing new signatories to the Divest/Invest Declaration in September 2021. There is an opportunity for Auckland to be part of this announcement.

8.       Endorsing the declaration would require Auckland Council to increase its financial investments in climate solutions. This approach aligns with the additional investment for climate action in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. However, a further increase in financial investments in climate solutions (or reprioritising existing funding) will be required over time.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      approve Auckland Council’s commitment to becoming a signatory to the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration

b)      note that meeting the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration will require Auckland Council to increase its financial investments in climate solutions over time.

 

Horopaki

Context

9.       Auckland is a signatory to C40, a network of global cities committed to addressing climate change. As part of Auckland’s commitment to meeting C40’s Leadership Standards, Auckland Council is required to endorse at least one further C40 declaration by 2022. This is in addition to the Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration and the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration that Auckland Council has already endorsed.

10.     Launched at Climate Week NYC 2020, 12 cities signed C40’s declaration, “Divesting from Fossil Fuels, Investing in a Sustainable Future”, committing to lead the way by divesting from fossil fuels and championing investments in the green economy wherever possible. Signatories pledge to use their financial might to promote a just and clean energy transition through concrete actions at the city, national and international levels. Each city has developed an action plan, upon which they regularly report.

11.     Divesting from fossil fuels and shifting to more sustainable investments is one of the ways that Auckland Council can deliver on the goals set out in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. Auckland Council is already taking leading action in this area.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

12.     The C40 Divest/Invest Declaration consists of three commitments:

i.        Take all possible steps to divest our city assets from fossil fuel companies and increase our financial investments in climate solutions to help promote decent jobs and a just and green economy.

ii.       Call on our pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies and increase financial investments in climate solutions to help promote decent jobs and a just and green economy.

iii.      Advocate for fossil-free and sustainable finance by other investors and all levels of government, including by promoting the importance of strong, long-term climate policies and demanding greater transparency.

13.     Signatories are required to take one or more of the following actions:

i.        Make a commitment to increase our investments in climate solutions and the green economy, and to divest municipal investments from fossil fuel companies.

ii.       Encourage the city – or other relevant – pension fund to develop a policy to divest from fossil fuel companies, as part of a wider climate risk management strategy.

iii.      Encourage the city – or other relevant – pension fund to develop a policy to invest in climate solutions as part of a wider climate risk management strategy.

iv.      Monitor progress and communicate this progress to C40 on an annual basis, by requesting regular progress reports on how the relevant portfolios are managing climate-related financial risks and opportunities.

v.       To use our influence to advocate for investments in climate solutions and divestment from fossil fuel companies by other actors, such as private financial institutions and our regional and national governments.

14.     Upon endorsement of the declaration and to progress the actions above, Auckland Council would be required to provide relevant information to C40 via an action plan template. This would provide a high-level overview of the actions Auckland Council plans to take to meet the commitments in the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration.


 

 

Current activity relating to the declaration

15.     Through Te-Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, Auckland Council has committed to ‘Accelerate Auckland’s transformation to a resilient, regenerative and distribute economy’ by ‘redirecting capital towards sustainability outcomes, improving how we value social and environmental impacts and building awareness and capacity in the financial sector broadly’.

16.     In 2017, the council divested our diversified financial asset portfolio which had investments in fossil fuels. Currently, the council has strategic investments in Auckland International Airport, Ports of Auckland and several other related investments. We have already committed to not investing in any fossil fuel companies through our Responsible Investment Policy (Attachment B).

17.     The C40 Divest/Invest Declaration specifically refers to the divestment (sale of investments) of oil, gas and coal companies. It does not relate to divestment from companies that are high carbon emitters.

18.     The council has put in place sustainable finance tools to finance climate action and is committed to increase the use of sustainable finance mechanisms to fund the council’s activities, where possible. This includes the use of green bonds.

19.     The group has raised $850 million in green bonds since 2018 to finance and re-finance a number of projects such as public cycleways and electric trains.

20.     In September 2020, the council issued its third green bond, strengthening its position in the sustainable finance market and reinforcing its commitment to sustainability. The offer was for $500 million unsubordinated thirty-year fixed rate green bonds, maturing on 28 September 2050. 

21.     This was the first 30-year senior bond issued by any New Zealand issuer. It was the longest tenor of any green bond issued in New Zealand to date and has received multiple awards.

22.     Last year, all of the council’s borrowing (other than funding via the Local Government Funding Agency) was undertaken through green bonds. In the future, it is expected that the majority of the council’s funding (in its own name) will be through sustainable finance mechanisms as they become mainstream and provide for further flexibility in our funding strategy. Additional sustainable finance mechanisms could potentially include sustainability linked loans and sustainability linked bonds.

23.     In 2021, the council group adopted the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 which includes an additional investment of $152 million for climate action.

24.     Auckland Council released its inaugural climate-related disclosure under the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Risks (TCFD) framework in 2020. The framework requires the group to identify, assess and manage climate-related financial risks and opportunities with a focus on governance, strategy, financial planning and metrics and targets. The Auckland Council Group is currently in the process of identifying its climate-related financial risks and opportunities, this will inform how we manage our day-to-day investments through strategic and financial planning. Investing in climate solutions as opposed to fossil fuel related activity is an effective way to manage our climate-related financial risks, leading to better-informed decisions on where, when and how we allocate capital.

Current gaps relating to the declaration

25.     The council group does not actively advocate for investments in climate solutions and divestment from fossil fuel companies by other actors, such as financial institutions.

26.     The council does not have a pension fund and instead offers default providers for staff to choose from, therefore the following commitment is not relevant to Auckland Council, ‘Call on pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies and increase financial investments in climate solutions to help promote decent jobs and a just and green economy.’

27.     Auckland Council would be required to complete a brief, high-level action plan template upon endorsement of the declaration. The C40 action plan template, and the action plans of signatory cities, have been reviewed by staff. Completing the C40 template will be straightforward.

Responding to the declaration

28.     Auckland Council is already demonstrating substantial alignment with the declaration as outlined above. However, further action and a continued commitment to pursuing sustainable finance mechanisms will be required.

29.     In responding to this declaration, the key actions for Auckland Council include:

·    Advocate for investments in climate solutions and divestment from fossil fuel companies by other stakeholders, such as private financial institutions and central government.

·    Increase our financial investments in climate solutions.

·    Monitor progress and communicate this progress to C40 on an annual basis.

30.     Endorsing the declaration would require Auckland Council to increase its financial investments in climate solutions. This approach aligns with the additional investment for climate action in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. However, a further increase in financial investments in climate solutions (or reprioritising existing funding) will be required in future.

Signatory cities

31.     C40 will be announcing new signatories to the Divest/Invest Declaration in September 2021. There is an opportunity for Auckland to be part of this announcement. 

32.     The 14 cities below are current signatories to the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration:

New York City

London

Bristol

Cape Town

Milan

Los Angeles

New Orleans

Oslo

Seattle

Vancouver

Pittsburgh

Durban (eThekwini)

Copenhagen

Berlin

 

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

33.     Auckland Council’s endorsement of the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration would include a commitment to increase our financial investments in climate solutions.

34.     Endorsing the declaration would align with our existing commitment to sustainable finance and support a continued commitment to pursuing sustainable finance mechanisms that deliver positive climate outcomes.

35.     Sustainable finance can incentivise the transition to a low carbon economy by integrating environmental and social considerations into mainstream finance and lending. How we fund our activity is a key lever to influence climate outcomes.

36.     Through our green bond programme we have already financed and re-financed a number of projects such as electric trains, city rail link and the rehabilitation of Puketutu Island. These projects deliver a range of benefits including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting waste from landfill. Green bonds are one example of how finance can be used to deliver environmental and social outcomes.

37.     The declaration will provide an additional platform for Auckland to communicate its current and future commitment to divesting from fossil fuels (and associated activities) and investing in climate solutions. Demonstrating leadership in this way can influence other stakeholders, such as private financial institutions and central government, to make similar commitments and act as a catalyst for further positive climate outcomes.

38.     Endorsing the declaration would further demonstrate the region’s commitment to climate action and supports the delivery of actions within Te-Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

39.     The wider council group have not been consulted on the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration.

40.     However, representatives from the wider group have been involved in Auckland Council’s green bond programme and are actively participating in ongoing work to identify how we can fund the group’s activity through sustainable finance mechanisms.  The Treasury team is part of the team bringing this item to the Committee and continue to advise on the financial opportunities, challenges and implications of this declaration.

41.     Meeting the commitments of this declaration will contribute towards reducing group climate-related financial risks and support future access to capital for the group.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

42.     Local boards have not been consulted on the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration.

43.     However, local boards were actively engaged throughout the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan which will be supported through meeting the requirements of the declaration.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

44.     Climate change impacts and associated policy and action will have significant impacts for Māori communities. These issues are discussed in Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan and have been integrated within the plan’s priority action areas, taking into consideration feedback received from mana whenua directly and through the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum.

45.     Divesting from fossil fuels and investing in climate solutions, as per the commitments of this declaration, will benefit the region’s response to climate change, including addressing the impacts that climate change will have on Māori.

46.     Embedding environmental and social matters into financial decision-making is central to supporting Auckland’s transformation to a resilient, regenerative and distributive economy that supports Māori and Māori business ecosystems.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

47.     There is no fee associated with endorsing the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration.

48.     Staff time would be required to support council’s commitment to the declaration.

49.     Meeting the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration will require Auckland Council to increase its financial investments in climate solutions over time.

50.     Auckland Council has already raised $850 million in green bonds since 2018 to finance and refinance a number of projects with environmental outcomes.

51.     The council group is also reviewing additional sustainable finance mechanisms such as sustainability linked loans and bonds that provide access to slightly discounted loan rates.

52.     Divesting from fossil fuels and investing in climate solutions provides the council group with greater access to flexible funding options.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

53.     No high or extreme risks have been identified in relation to the endorsement of the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration. However, as part of Auckland Council’s commitment to meeting C40’s Leadership Standards, Auckland Council is required to sign up to at least one further declaration by 2022. Failing to do so, would require Auckland’s removal or withdrawal from C40, presenting a reputational risk to Auckland Council.  Signing this declaration will meet C40’s requirement and mitigate that reputational risk.

54.     Non-delivery of climate action presents financial risks to revenue, assets and liabilities, expenditure and accessing capital. Pursuing sustainable finance activity supports council’s efforts to ensure our investors and credit rating agencies continue to have confidence so that funding is available for investment in the Auckland region.

55.     Not pursuing sustainable finance tools and not investing in additional climate solutions would exacerbate these risks.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

56.     Should the committee approve Auckland Council’s commitment to becoming a signatory to the C40 Divest/Invest Declaration, staff will complete the necessary template and submit to C40 for review.

57.     This will be completed in time to enable Auckland to join the new group of signatories to the Divest/Invest Declaration in September 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

C40 Divest/Invest Declaration full text

19

b

Auckland Council Responsible Investment Policy

23

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Matthew Blaikie - Chief Sustainability Officer (Acting)

John Bishop – Group Treasurer

Authorisers

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

Megan Tyler - Chief of Strategy

 

 


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Review of the Forward Work Programme - Environment and Climate Change Committee

File No.: CP2021/10180

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To review and note progress on the 2021 Environment and Climate Change Committee forward work programme appended as Attachment A.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The forward work programme for the Environment and Climate Change Committee was adopted at its meeting held on 12 March 2020.  It was agreed that the forward work programme would be reported monthly for information and reviewed on a six-monthly basis.

3.       Due to the uncertainty of the meeting schedule during 2020, and the adoption of an Emergency Budget, the committee forward work programmes have not had a full review since originally being approved.

4.       The Governing Body has now adopted the Recovery Budget (10-year Budget 2021-2031) and committee forward work programmes should reflect those decisions.

5.       All committees need to review their forward work programme, by the end of September, following the adoption to the budget each year. A further review needs to be carried out by the end of March each year.

6.       Following approval, all committee forward work programmes will be reported to the Governing Body in October and April each year, for oversight as per the Terms of Reference.

7.       To expedite the above process, it has been agreed to report the committee forward work programmes to the Governing Body at its meeting on 26 August 2021.

8.       The current forward work programme for the Environment and Climate Change Committee is appended as Attachment A.

9.       Specific amendments have been made as follows:

·   any new additions will be highlighted

·   any deletions will be shown in strikethrough.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      receive and review the progress on the 2021 Environment and Climate Change Committee forward work programme - Attachment A of the agenda report.

b)      approve the reviewed forward work programme.

c)      agree to review the forward work programme prior to the end of March 2022.

 

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Forward Work Programme

27

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Suad Allie - Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere Matua / Senior Governance Advisor

Authoriser

Megan Tyler - Chief of Strategy

 


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Kōmiti Mō Te Hurihanga Āhuarangi me Te Taiao / Environment and Climate Change] Committee
Forward Work Programme 2021

This committee deals with the development and monitoring of strategy, policy and action plans associated with environmental and climate change activities. The full terms of reference can be found here:[i Terms of reference].

This committee will meet bi-monthly commencing February 2021

 

 

Area of work and Lead Department

Reason for work

Committee role

(decision and/or direction)

Expected timeframes

Highlight the month(s) this is expected to come to committee in 2021

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Strategic approach to Climate Change: - Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan

Chief Sustainability Office

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019] Link to decision

 

To provide a pathway to zero emissions by 2050 and ensure the region is prepared for the impacts of climate change.  This addresses Council’s commitments to develop a plan to keep within 1.5 degrees of warming and the Climate Emergency declaration.

 

Consultation on the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government

 

Community Facilities to Report October 2021

Progress to date:

C40 Update 11 February 2021
Link to decision

Consultation on the Climate Commission draft advice to Government 11 February 2021
Link to decision

Kia mauri ora ai te iwi: Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050 – June 2021

Link to decision

Sustainability Asset Standards/Corporate Emissions October 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport Emissions

Transport Emissions Reduction Plan for Auckland

To approve:

Approach - August 2021

Progress update – December 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council Controlled Organisation’s Climate Change Update

To give elected member’s visibility of the work undertaken by CCOs to adapt & mitigate the impacts of climate change.

For information: Currently providing CCO performance updates to the CCO Oversight Committee. The plan is for 1-2 CCOs to come present at this Committee meeting on their climate actions/programs.

 

Progress to date:

Auckland Transport Update 11 February 2021
Link to decision

Auckland Unlimited Update 15 April 2021
Link to decision

Auckland Unlimited – Zoo – 10 June 2021
Link to decision

Watercare – 12 August 2021


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural hazards coastal renewals, slips and remediation

Coastal Management Framework and delivery of individual coastal compartment management plans

Resilient Land and Coast

 

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019]

 

Coastal compartment management plans will apply a long term, sustainable approach to management of our coast over the next 100 years. Adaptive management plans will be developed in collaboration with mana whenua and communities. Plans will consider the experiences and values we place on the coast and how these may change over time due to coastal hazards and climate change.

ECC to approve the Whangaparaoa Pilot and the CMP process in 2021. ECC then to approve completed Coastal Management Plans on a yearly basis following endorsement via the respective the Local Boards. 

 

ECC to approve all Coastal Management Plans following endorsement via the respective the Local Boards. 

 

Progress to date:

Adoption of the Natural Hazards Risk Management Action Plan – June 2021
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Hazards Risk Management Action Plan (NHRMAP)

NHRMAP is reporting tool that collates all of the work programmes across Auckland Council that mitigate long term natural hazard risk, outside of emergency management. As natural hazard events are expected to escalate in size and frequency due to climate change, this work is an important step to ensure that the council is appropriately managing risk.

Receive 6 monthly reporting updates.

 

Progress to date:

Adoption of the Natural Hazards Risk Management Action Plan – June 2021
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Minimisation

Review of the Waste Minimisation and Innovation fund

Waste Solutions

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019]

Review the Fund, in line with the recommendations of the S17A Value for Money review.

To approve any significant changes to the grant framework arising from the review.

Memorandum to be sent to committee in Q3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Political Advisory Group

Waste Solutions

To provide feedback and guidance on implementation of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018.

 

 

Waste Political Advisory Group meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implementation of waste disposal levy changes

Waste Solutions

Implementation of changes to the waste disposal levy (including data and compliance) coming into effect nationally July 2021

To approve any significant changes to data collection, compliance and resource recovery systems arising from changes to the waste levy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consultation on container return scheme design

Waste Solutions

Ministry for the Environment consultation on design for national container return scheme design – Auckland Council submission

To approve the Auckland Council submission on Ministry for the Environment consultation on container return scheme design

[according to latest information on MfE proposed timetable]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerbside refuse policy charging review

Review of PAYT model to assess whether PAYT is still the best solution for achieving the objectives of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

To consider and determine to deviate, or not, from current Waste Management and Minimisation Plan policy.

Any deviation will require a special consultative procedure likely as part of the Annual Plan 2022/2023 process.

Workshop scheduled for September 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water

Auckland’s Water Strategy

Chief Planning Office

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019]

*ENV/2019/75

The health of Auckland’s waters is a critical issue. Both freshwater and marine environments in Auckland are under pressure from historic under-investment, climate change and rapid growth. The draft Auckland Plan 2050 identifies the need to proactively adapt to a changing water future and develop long-term solutions.

Series of workshops scheduled for 2021

Workshops to be held to seek feedback and guidance on strategic direction of proposed Water Strategy ahead of decision making in October and December 2021.

 

Progress to date:

Water Consumption targets report 15 April 2021
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Environment Standards for human drinking water and wastewater discharges and overflows

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auckland Plan, Strategy and Research (Natural Environment Strategy, Infrastructure Strategy)

 

National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water

National Environmental Standard for Wastewater Discharges and Overflows.

The National Environmental Standards will have a significant impact on the council family and so the council will provide input into these. Further detailed opportunity to provide Auckland Council input on specific regulatory proposals, probably through Planning Committee, awaiting advice from MFE, likely in 2021.  Not linked to release of Water Services Bill in mid-2020.

Dates for the release of these NES are anticipated to be in the second half of 2021 at earliest. Note: Overlap with Planning Committee

For information: Decision to provide feedback on the Water Services Bill and other reforms noted at Planning Committee in early 2020. The Natural Environment Strategy Unit (APRSR) provided proposed council submission on the Taumata Arowai Water Regulator Bill to Environment and Climate Change Committee in March 2020. Status of proposed NES for human drinking water and wastewater discharges and overflows will be provided to relevant committees when more is known about central government process.

 

Progress to date:

Waters Strategy and Long-term Plan update 10 September 2020
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Waters Portfolio

Healthy Waters

 

 

There are several work programmes that require decisions from other committees but are relevant to the E&CC Committee.

 

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019]

Waitākere Ranges septic tank pump out scheme. Options are being consulted on as part of the Annual Budget. Decisions with the Finance and Performance Committee.

Rodney Drainage districts. Managing land drainage assets within Rodney and funding and responsibility for these assets. Decision making sits with Rodney Local Board and Finance and Performance Committee.

Clevedon wastewater. Possible opt-in targeted rate being proposed to the Governing Body as part of Annual Plan, decisions with the Finance and Performance Committee

 

 

 

For information: No decisions are required from Environment and Climate Change Committee at this stage.

Update on water programme end of year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM)

Plans and Places

Healthy Waters

Natural Environment Strategy

 

The NPSFM being implemented, with periodic reporting to council committees on progress, and responding to ongoing central government refinement of the framework for achieving water outcomes. Decision making for this area of work will be split between the Planning Committee (for planning decisions such as Plan Changes) and Environment and Climate Change for non-statutory functions

To provide guidance on the council’s implementation of non-statutory functions under the National Policy Statement.

 

For Information: Planning Committee agenda report scheduled for March 2021 setting out proposed Auckland Council approach to implement the NPSFM 2020, as driven from a planning approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Quality Targeted Rate Programme

Infrastructure and Environmental Services

Healthy waters and streams projects supported by the water quality targeted rate for projects that will ensure cleaner beaches, streams and harbours across the region

For information: Currently providing quarterly updates to the Finance and Performance Committee. End of year report will be provided in October.

 

Progress to date:

End of year report 10 September 2020
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Much Water Policy

To develop an adaptive approach to protecting Aucklanders from harms as a result of a future with’ too much’ water.

For decision: Position Statements to guide future responses while policy is further developed and update on programme approach to be provided in March 2022.

A workshop will be held in December 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARBOUR

Manukau Harbour

Natural Environment Strategy

 

To achieve better outcomes for the Manukau Harbour including:

·    increased visibility of Auckland Council initiatives through updates on work programmes to the committee

·    greater E&CC oversight, and

work to strengthening relationships with mana whenua and other parties

Annual update provided through 30 June 2021 closed workshop which included overview of synthesis report of findings from the council’s 2020 State of the Environment report, current and future operational programmes, and strategic direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hauraki Gulf

Natural Environment Strategy

 

Work to ensure that the outcomes that Auckland Council intends to achieve in the Hauraki Gulf under its statutory responsibilities are clearly articulated. 

To ensure that the central government work programme is complementary to council’s aspirations for the Hauraki Gulf

i)          matters that need greater internal synergies within council’s statutory responsibilities to give effect to improved Hauraki Gulf outcomes (i.e., resource management)

ii)         matters that Auckland Council wishes to contribute to the central government work programme encompassed by ‘Revitalising Our Gulf: Government Action on the Sea Change plan’, as it relates to complementary activities within Auckland Council’s mandate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants

Allocation of the Regional Natural Heritage Grant

Environmental Services

 

 

Decision-making over regional environment fund as per the grants funding policy and fund guidelines. Funds to contribute to the council’s goals related to protecting our natural environment.

Decision to confirm allocation of grants for the 2021/2022 funding round. Decision report December 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund 2021

Decision making over medium and large funds from the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund in line with the fund’s adopted policy. Funds to contribute towards the council’s aspirational goal of zero waste to landfill by 2040.

 

Decision to confirm allocation of grants for the 2021/2022 funding round. Decision report December 2021.

 

Progress to date:

Update on guidelines - Report to June 2021
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Heritage

Review of Auckland Council’s Regional Pest Management Plan

 

Environmental Services

Council has statutory obligations under the Biosecurity Act to control weeds and animal pests. The purpose of work in 2020 will be to resolve any remaining appeals against the plan and complete final steps required for it to become operative.

 

To update the committee when the plan becomes operative.

Memorandum regarding operative in part as part of items for information in February 2021. No further decisions for 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inter-regional marine pest pathway management plan

Environmental Services

[From the Environment and Community Committee 2016-2019]

A Pathway Management Plan is a statutory plan under the Biosecurity Act.  Council is working with MPI, DOC and neighbouring councils (a group known as Top of the North) to develop one to manage the spread of marine pests to avoid or minimise their negative impacts on the environment.

 

 

To endorse Top of the North to undertake consultation on a proposed pathway management plan.

To subsequently approve a preferred option for management of marine pests and development of a plan under the Biosecurity Act. Decision to approve draft proposal for consultation to be confirmed expected August 2021.

Awaiting confirmation from central government on potential alternative approaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Environment Targeted Rate Programme

Natural environment projects supported by the natural environment targeted rate will help protect the environment and tackle the pests, weeds and diseases that are threatening the native species

 

 

For information: Currently providing quarterly updates to the F&P Committee. End of year report will be provided to this Committee in October.

 

Progress to date:

End of year report 10 September 2020
Link to decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kauri dieback work programme update

 

 

Environmental Services

 

The natural environment targeted rate included a $100m package to improve the protection of kauri in Auckland.  The work programme includes a significant track upgrade package to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, as well as funding for education, enforcement, monitoring, treatment and research.

 

To update the committee on ongoing regional kauri dieback management work programme.

 

Progress to date:

Memo sent November 2020, link found here

the annual update for 2021/2022 will be sent approximately October 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Biodiversity Strategy and National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Environmental Services and Natural Environment Strategy

Government is launching these two programmes. 

To endorse council’s approach to responding to the strategy and policy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weed Management Political Advisory Group

 

 

Community Facilities

Resolution number ECC/2020/13. Implementing this resolution will include engagement with local boards from September – November

Oversee the implementation and delivery of the Weed Management Policy, taking into account both community and technical considerations.

This year will have a focus on providing oversight over the implementation Resolution number ECC/2020/55 relating to the standardisation of funding for weed management within the urban road corridor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Streetscapes – Regional Review of Weed Management in the Road Corridor

 

Community Facilities

Resolution number ECC/2020/55 f)

Consideration of engagement of with mana whenua, the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum and the IMSB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Completed

Lead Department

Area of work

Committee role

(decision and/or direction)

Decision

 

Update to the Resource Recovery Network Strategy

Waste Solutions

[From the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee 2013-2016]

Options for a new operating and governance model for the Resource Recovery Network

To approve the recommended option for a new operating and governance model for the Resource Recovery Network

 

Decision can be found here

State of Environment Report

 

Monitoring and reporting on the state of all or part of the environment is required under section 35 of the Resource Management Act 1991.  As part of meeting our reporting obligations, the Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) is releasing a suite of technical reports accompanied by a simplified synthesis report on 11 February 2021 when high level results will be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Committee.

For information only. As part of meeting council’s RMA obligations, the synthesis report that brings together information from 13 new and recent technical reports on the state and trends for the air, land, and water domains in the Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland was considered significant enough to warrant an information item on the agenda

Decision can be found here

Proposed Auckland Council submission on Water Services Bill

 

 

Auckland Plan, Strategy and Research (Natural Environment Strategy)

Auckland Council made submission on Taumata Arowai Water Regulator Bill in March 2020. Subsequent Bill extends regulatory regime to all drinking water suppliers (other than domestic self-supply) and increased requirements to manage risks to drinking water sources. Implications for council roles in being a drinking water supplier, and planning and regulatory functions.

To approve substance of proposed Auckland Council submission on Water Services Bill, with final approval delegated to Chair and other members of ECC Committee prior to 2 March 2021 central government deadline.

 

 

Decision can be found here

 


Environment and Climate Change Committee

12 August 2021

 

Summary of Environment and Climate Change Committee information memoranda and briefings - 12 August 2021

File No.: CP2021/08773

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive a summary and provide a public record of memos or briefing papers that have been held or been distributed to committee members.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This is a regular information-only report which aims to provide greater visibility of information circulated to the Environment and Climate Change Committee members via memoranda/briefings or other means, where no decisions are required.

3.       The following memos were circulated to members of the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

Date

Memo

4/08/2021

Regional Streets for People fund

18/06/2021

Community Coordination and Facilitation Grants 2020/2021 funding round

 

4.       The following workshops/briefings have taken place:

Date

Workshop/Briefing

16/06/2021

Kerbside Refuse Policy Review – confidential

30/06/2021

Manukau Harbour state of the environment, investment, and further considerations-

 

5.       These documents can be found on the Auckland Council website, at the following link:

http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

at the top left of the page, select meeting/ Kōmiti Mō Te Hurihanga Āhuarangi me Te TaiaoEnvironment and Climate Change” from the drop-down tab and click “View”.

under ‘Attachments’, select either the HTML or PDF version of the document entitled ‘Extra Attachments’.

6.       Note that, unlike an agenda report, staff will not be present to answer questions about the items referred to in this summary.  Governing Body members should direct any questions to the authors.


 

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      receive the Summary of Environment and Climate Change Committee information items and briefings – 15 April 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Regional Streets for People fund (Under Separate Cover)

 

b

Community Coordination and Facilitation Grants 2020/2021 funding round (Under Separate Cover)

 

c

Manukau Harbour state of the environment, investment, and further considerations (Under Separate Cover)

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Suad Allie - Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere Matua / Senior Governance Advisor

Authoriser

Megan Tyler - Chief of Strategy