The city’s target is to reduce Dunedin’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 and to become more resilient to climate change. In terms of climate change mitigation, this means reducing greenhouse gas emissions over time, and offsetting the remaining emissions.

'Coffey (as lead consultant) will be working with a number of teams across Dunedin City Council (DCC) to identify measures that can be put in place to help DCC respond to the Climate Emergency declared in Dunedin. The work comprises of three parts:

  • Identify, and where possible quantify the impact of, existing carbon reduction (e.g. mode shift initiatives and their expected impact) and climate resilience activity in play or planned (e.g. future proofing of DCC infrastructure to increased flood risk) and determine the status of these activities
  • identify any activities that will add emissions or create new climate risk e.g. new adaptation challenges
  • identify potential future activity to reduce emissions, reduce climate risk and increase adaptation capacity

'We will be identifying measures that can be put in place to help DCC respond to the Climate Emergency declared in Dunedin'

Markus Benter-Lynch, Coffey’s Project Director and climate change expert spoke about the importance of not only identifying specific projects that will help the city become more resilient to climate change, but helping DCC by establishing systems and processes that will ensure taking climate change into account becomes business as usual for the Council.

“As part of the response, we have selected and partnered with a number of experts across different areas, with the ultimate goal to help Dunedin City Council reduce its emissions and to become more resilient,” said Benter-Lynch.

Coffey along with our partner team of specialists Abley, PFC, Calibre, Ekos and KPMG are proud to be part of this important climate change project.