We are a broad coalition of unions, climate action, public transport, walking groups and cycling groups working together to encourage our politicians to do the right thing – invest to keep it cool.
Our focus is the upcoming local body elections because local body politicians can make a real impact on the country's transport emissions. Their decisions about investing in public transport, walking and cycling greatly determine whether we meet our carbon emission reduction targets or not.
Transport is one of Aotearoa's biggest emissions sources. We drive more than almost any other country. If more of us used public transport, we'd see reduced emissions, inequality and costs from congestion and pollution.
- Road transport made up 43 percent of New Zealand’s gross carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. Cars and other passenger vehicles were responsible for 27 percent of New Zealand’s gross carbon dioxide emissions.
- The Government has committed to help households reduce their transport emissions by improving access to affordable, sustainable transport options, including improving travel choices and accessibility by providing people with more convenient, affordable and frequent buses and trains, as well as safer walkways and cycle lanes.
- The Government introduced public transport fare reductions in March 2022 and then extended this commitment in the 2022 Budget. This investment needs to continue and expand.
We need to push politicians to go further to make the emissions reductions needed. It starts with the 2022 local body elections.