Climate Change

Welcome to the homepage for Water New Zealand's Climate Change Group. 

Climate Change Group (Jon Reed)

This is the first report of the Climate Change group. The idea for the group was developed late in 2019 and a kick-off event was held at Beca's Auckland office in February with over 80 members present. The event was a success, with 3 speakers (Chris Thurston [Watercare], Rob Blakemore [Wellington Water] and Noel Roberts [Water New Zealand]). The key issues raised by the audience included:


  • Education by sharing knowledge and training
  • Share good news stories!
  • Consistency with carbon accounting and analyses
  • Need reliable benchmarks to enable us to identify where to focus
  • Consistent methods for measuring performance based on local factors
  • Community engagement
  • Build on the increasing awareness of the value of water

Following the meeting, a steering group was set up with approximately 12 members who represent suppliers / contractors, clients and consultants. Following the first meeting the following topics/areas were identified for work by sub-groups:

  • Purpose - a small group will aim to identify a clear purpose for this group
  • Development of a low carbon pathway for the New Zealand water industry
  • Benchmarking - link to the national performance review and how the carbon can be integrated
  • Water New Zealand conference - aim to hold a workshop as part of the next conference to focus on zero carbon
  • Webinars - identify 2 or more webinars per year to promote what this group is working on
  • COVID benefits to carbon - capture benefits and how we can identify carbon benefits out of the fiscal stimulus package

To see the DRAFT Terms of Reference, click here

We welcome your comments and feedback - please contact the Climate Change Group liaison