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Clean air

Last updated: 24 May 2024
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 per cent increase on the previous year. Mailouts to households with expiring wood burners commenced in October 2023. Social and print media will be ongoing throughout the year to educate the public about air quality issues and raise awareness of burner expiry.   

Our spring mailout campaign covered properties with expiring burners to encourage burner upgrades and received positive engagement results. The autumn mailout campaign was for properties with expiring burners (900 in Christchurch, 400 in Timaru) to encourage burner upgrades and advise on financial assistance. The mailout received positive results with an increase in subsidy applications. This was supported by a social media campaign. This work will continue with planning underway for a Spring mailout to properties in Timaru and Christchurch.

Our website provides real-time air quality monitoring data, collected across eight airsheds. Data is also available on the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website. We have begun investigations on air quality monitoring in Rolleston. There were four exceedances of the National Environmental Standard for PM10 in the Washdyke airshed between January and March 2024. 

Twelve applications for assistance to transition to cleaner forms of home heating were received and processed within the timeframe during quarters one and two, and 22 applications were received and processed during quarter three. 

On track

How are we doing on our key initiatives?

Clean Air Winter Work Programme

How are we doing: Subsidy contracts were agreed with EnergySmart and Community Energy Action, expanding eligibility criteria to low-income areas in alignment with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority scheme. 

A mailout to properties with expiring burners was undertaken in March 2024: approximately 900 in Christchurch, 400 in Timaru, accompanied by a social media campaign. There was a good response to the campaign and increased uptake of the subsidy scheme. 

A business case setting out future subsidy delivery recommendations was prepared and recommended status quo delivery by partner agencies. 

On track

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