Local Government Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions


Local government plays a key role in implementing climate change policies that aim to create a regional discourse around mitigation, resilience and adaption measures in a rapidly changing world. Climate change policies at local government level create a devolved discussion and community awareness, ensuring that effective policies are implemented from bottom-up focused approaches.

Given the global pressure to reduce GHG emissions, expectations are rising for local authorities to develop and implement climate change reduction and adaption strategies . Because local governments are placed directly in the community, they have a good base to develop and implement effective policies . Local government can also be the crucial link between international climate change discourse and the general . Local politicians also have a greater ability to facilitate public participation, to ensure that citizens are consulted with and kept up to date on climate issues in their city .

This presentation highlights the various multi-disciplinary strategies that have been adopted by six leading cities' in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and meeting their targets to help prevent and adapt to climate change. The cities that have been chosen are all part of a leadership programme titled "c40 Cities", which are cities' (both developed and less developed alike) around the world that are making a meaningful impact in reducing both GHG and the risks from climate change through the creation of strategies and other measures . The network was created to facilitate interactions between the cities, and encourage learning and collaboration in combating climate change at the local level.


Wednesday 13th, 1:30pm



  • Victoria Edmonds

Victoria Edmonds


Victoria Edmonds is a graduate of the Massey University BRP (hons), Auckland University PGCertLaw, an NZPI Intermediate Member, and has been a Planning practitioner for the last 4 years, mainly in Local Government.