Te Kaunihera o Whakatū, Nelson City Council (Council), is the unitary authority of Nelson, a city of approximately 51,900 residents. With approximately 265 full time equivalent staff, Council delivers projects and services across a range of activities: transport, water supply, wastewater, stormwater, flood protection, solid waste, environment, social, parks and active recreation, economic and corporate. These activities cover a wide range of services to the community.
Council resolved to adopt and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon emissions on 3 May 2018. The first step, as per the recommendations that were adopted, was for Council to measure its own carbon footprint. This was further supported by the declaration of a climate change emergency on 16 May 2019, with substantial funding subsequently allocated to enable Council to support and empower a regional response to climate change, as well as focusing on reducing its own emissions.