After a call to release emissions data on a weekly basis, an Auckland Council committee chair revealed the data is, in fact, released every two years.
At the Environment and Climate Change Committee on July 7 the climate action group Extinction Rebellion requested more frequent release of emissions data.
The request comes as council looks to reach a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Extinction Rebellion representative Dr Mairi Jay said council’s Climate Action Plan was ambitious but more regular emissions data releases would be an important step in lowering emissions. “Every summer is going to be tough.
A 3.5 degree increase in heat for some parts of Auckland will be very hot,” Jay said. Jay said there would be severe impacts on health from the heat.
“We have nothing like 30 years. We need to get our emissions down very quickly – time is against us.”
Committee chair Richard Hills said that while air quality data is available monthly, emissions data came back every two years. Hills said this frequency of reporting was not ideal. Council’s last greenhouse gas emissions inventory was published in 2020 and reported gross CO2 emissions of 11,396 kilotons in 2018.