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Clean air

Last updated: 01 November 2023
Reporting frequency: Quarterly
Portfolio: Air quality, transport and urban development

We are regulating and supporting initiatives to ensure air quality improves and does not impact on the wellbeing of communities. We also work to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from our region’s transport network and urban environments.

This work includes:

How are we tracking on our Levels of Service?

Level of Service 28: Support communities across Canterbury to improve air quality performance measures.

To achieve this Level of Service we will: 

  • 28.1: Provide up-to-date information, advice, tools and resources which enable the community to understand air quality issues and take action. 
  • 28.2: Provide air quality monitoring and investigation services.
  • 28.3: Provide assistance to low-income households in Clean Air Zones with expiring burners to transition to cleaner forms of home heating. 

How are we doing: The Warmer Cheaper media education campaign was successfully delivered and completed in quarter one. Campaign engagement saw an 8% increase on the previous year. Mailouts to households with expiring wood burners commenced in October 2023. Social and print media will be ongoing though the year to educate public about air quality issues and raise awareness of burner expiry.   

Our website provides real-time air quality monitoring data. Data is collected across eight airsheds and is also available on the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website. Data collected in quarter one across the eight airsheds met the requirements of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NESAQ).  

Four applications for assistance to transition to cleaner forms of home heating have been received and processed within the time frame during quarter one. A resource management implementation support officer is in place to manage administration of the subsidy process. Communication campaigns are ongoing and staff are developing a compliance education approach for Washdyke.

On track

Recent highlights and updates


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