Wellington has been named as one of the top 10 eco-cities in the world in Lonely Planet’s new Sustainable Travel Handbook.
Having committed to the Paris Agreement in law in 2019, New Zealand is aiming for zero net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and Wellington already has the lowest emissions per capita of any Australasian city.
The capital was recently named one of 15 cities worldwide to win the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge for its video-game-like climate change tool.
The city also boasts the very first fully electric high performance passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere.
Wellington is a leader in the ongoing restoration of the natural environment, with the world’s first fully fenced urban sanctuary, Zealandia, earning a mention in the handbook.
“Wellington’s one of the only cities on the planet where the natural environment is recovering,” said Mayor Andy Foster.
“That amazing restoration journey is built on protecting land, nature and assisted regeneration, the work of council and thousands of Wellingtonians transport, I’m especially pleased by the recognition of Zealandia, our world-leading eco-sanctuary.”
Four Wellington-managed entertainment venues are also the first in New Zealand to be awarded EarthCheck’s Bronze Benchmark accreditation, while its newest conference and exhibition centre, Tākina, opening mid-2023, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star certification.