Zero by 2050. What are the big carbon emitters?
The city’s target is to reduce Dunedin’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. That means we need to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from all sources over time, and offset the remaining emissions, mainly by planting forests.
Waste is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014/15 solid waste accounted for 7.4% of Dunedin’s total emissions. Almost three quarters of Dunedin’s waste emissions were associated with the Green Island landfill, with around a quarter coming from other and closed landfills. There’s more detail in the Dunedin Community Carbon Footprint Report in the related information section.
Managing Dunedin’s waste accounted for 72% of the Council’s operational emissions in 2014/15. The DCC is liable under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for landfill emissions, so it must buy ‘carbon credits’ to offset these emissions. There’s more detail about how the NZ ETS works in the EPA website in the related information section.
Wood, paper and garden waste
Wood, paper and garden waste cause almost three quarters of the Green Island landfill’s emissions. Reducing these and other types of waste can significantly reduce the costs of operating a landfill. It can also reduce the price residents pay to deposit this type of waste at a transfer station
Still didn't find what you were looking for?