Kāpiti Coast District Council is a winner when it comes to sustainability.
"We are committed to reducing our own impact as well as inspiring change and resilience..." Mayor Ross Church, June 2014.
The Council was commended in the 2016 EECA Awards for its continuing energy and emissions saving work.
EECA judges said excellent leadership had led to a comprehensive group of long-term interlinked projects which were reducing the council’s carbon footprint and saving ratepayers’ money.
The Council made energy savings through vehicle maintenance, reduced mileage and educating staff on how to be more fuel efficient when driving. Walking, cycling and taking public transport were also promoted as good alternatives to driving cars. This campaign achieved a 12% reduction in petrol and diesel use in 2014/15, saving $20,000 and 56 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The Council’s electric refuse collection truck (a world-first) also contributed to this saving.
In 2015, a new 32 kilowatt grid-tied, solar electric system, installed at the Paraparaumu wastewater treatment plant is generating 40,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year saving six tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and $6,500 in energy costs each year.
Green Ribbon Awards
In June, Council won its second Green Ribbon Award for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Award recognised Council's success in decreasing its absolute greenhouse gas footprint by 48 per cent since 2010 through a range of energy and waste minimisation initiatives which are part of Council's CEMARS certification programme. The initiatives include:
The programme has also delivered significant economic benefits, with Council's energy costs in 2012-13 reduced by more than $350,000 due to the energy saving programme.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Awards
In May, Council won double honours at the 2014 EECA awards for its proactive approach to energy saving and emmissions reduction and for engaging strongly with the community on energy saving initiatives.
The awards were:
Council was also highly commended in the Energy Management Award for CO2 reduction and energy efficiency practices which underpin all (of) its operations, from its water treatment plants to it libraries and everything in between.
In 2011 Council won a government Green Ribbon award for all the things we’re doing to care for the environment.
Some of those things include: