Climate Change Leadership

Climate change is an important consideration for all Trust operations, particularly around making funding and investment and decisions.

We encourage all businesses and organisations working with the Trust to think about how they can reduce their climate impact.

The Sustainable Business Network’s Climate Action Toolkit is a great resource. It provides a guide on actions to reduce carbon emissions and helps you to create a custom plan for your business.


The Trust has committed to several climate leadership success factors for 2021/2022.

  • The region moving to a low emissions and circular economy in an equitable/just way.
  • Tairāwhiti businesses and communities are supported to reduce emissions and build climate resilience.
  • The balance of TT managed funds represents best practice against Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) investing criteria – we have divested from fossil fuels and moved to climate positive investment.
  • In partnership with Eastland Group, the Trust is on track to reduce GHG emissions by 21 per cent by 2025.

The Trust and Eastland Group are joint signatories of the national Climate Leaders Coalition and have committed to measuring our greenhouse gas footprint.

Our other commitments include:

  • adopting science-based targets aligned with staying 1.5 degrees Celsius
  • assessing and disclosing our climate change risks
  • proactively supporting our people to reduce emissions
  • proactively supporting our suppliers to reduce emissions.

Have your say on the national emissions reduction plan

Consultation is open on the government’s first emissions reduction plan, enabling people to have their say and help shape the direction for climate action for the next 15 years.

The Ministry for the Environment says the plan will set a pathway to meeting their 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and biogenic methane targets by implementing policies and strategies for specific sectors, including:

  • transport
  • energy
  • waste and f-gases
  • building and construction
  • agriculture and forestry.

The plan will also include:

  • a multi-sector strategy to meet emissions budgets and improve the ability of those sectors to adapt to the effects of climate change
  • ways to mitigate the impacts reducing emissions and increasing removals will have on people, including the funding for any mitigation action.

Read a snapshot of the emissions reduction plan discussion document.

In your submission, include steps your community can take, investments you can make in your business and changes you can make as an individual.

Feedback will assist the government in ensuring the policies included in the final plan.

Make your submission here.

The first emissions reduction plan is due to be complete by the end of May 2022.

The Trust is preparing a submission and will be available to view here once completed.


Climate Change Commission Submission

Trust Tairāwhiti Climate Change Commission Submission 2021

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