What is ORC doing?

Climate change is not new to us. As one of our four strategic priorities, we’ve been doing work to better understand and reduce the impact of climate change, and we share this information with our community and local city and district councils.


Climate change as a priority

As part of the consultation on our Long-term Plan, you told us you wanted to make climate change a priority, so we have reflected this in our projects.


Local Government Leaders Climate Change Declaration

We are a signatory of the Local Government Leaders Climate Change Declaration, which highlights an urgent need for responsive leadership and a holistic approach to climate change.

To find out more about what this declaration means and what we’ve committed to, visit Local Government NZ


Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group

Our General Manager Operations, Dr Gavin Palmer was part of the climate change adaptation technical working group (2016-2018), which was formed by the government in 2016 to deliver guidance on how New Zealand could adapt to the effects of climate change. The group is made up of technical experts across the public and private sectors and has produced two reports: a stocktake report and a recommendations report.

For more information about the climate change adaptation technical working group and their reports visit the MfE website.


Our Council

In a council meeting on 14 August 2019, our councillors passed a resolution that:

  1. Agrees that Otago must continue to prepare for the certainty that climate change will present emergency situations in many areas of our region
  2. Will therefore continue to give high priority to adaptation to climate change, especially in our flood and drainage schemes and in South Dunedin, and to minimising our carbon emissions


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