6:30am - 9:30am




Free to attend

Hosted by Water New Zealand and the CIWEM Aotearoa | New Zealand branch 

Event description

Please note that this event will start at 5:30 pm New Zealand Time | 6:30 am BST.

CIWEM and Water New Zealand are delighted to be able to share a fascinating session detailing how Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters department intend to take actions to meet the commitment outlined in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri (Auckland’s Climate Plan) for Auckland to halve its emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

With a population that continues to grow and a climate which has changed rapidly over the last decade, the water cycle has been directly impacted and faces further instances of drought, more extreme weather events, rising sea levels and increased coastal flooding unless greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced.

This webinar will provide an overview of how Healthy Waters are approaching carbon reduction through innovative means to build and operate a low carbon water system.

Our speakers will share the journey so far and seek to inspire us all to go further and faster to meet Auckland’s goal of being net zero:

5:30 pm | Session Intro and Challenges | Liam Foster and Jon Rix

5:35 pm | A LGNZ view on decarbonisation | Mark McKeag

5:40 pm | What role do carbon portals and tools play? | Jonny Breen

6:05 pm | Healthy Waters Zero Carbon Team: an active approach to carbon reduction | Konrad Heinemann and Leigh Steckler

6:35 pm | Q&A | facilitated by Jon Rix

7:00 pm | Summary and introduction to optional discussion session | Liam Foster

7:05 pm | Optional Discussion Forum - seeking to share ideas to the aspirations shared by Healthy Waters and determining how CIWEM and the industry can support moving forward.

7:30 pm | event close

Part of the CIWEM Climate Emergency Adaption & Resilience digital series.

Register for 3 May 2022

About the speakers

Mark McKeag

Mark McKeag joined RQUIP, Local Government New Zealand’s consulting arm, as senior consultant in October 2020. His role is to partner with providers to bring technology solutions to the local government sector. Mark brings significant experience and expertise across a range of major projects and drove and delivered significant change management programmes within multi-stakeholder environments.

Jonny Breen

Jonny Breen leads the deployment of Moata Carbon Portal throughout New Zealand helping public agencies collaborate to scale their decarbonisation efforts. He will cover the tools that empower organisations to understand and reduce carbon then communicating with those in the best position to make the greatest impact.

Konrad Heinemann

Konrad Heinemann leads Healthy Waters Zero Carbon Team. He will discuss what Healthy Waters aims to achieve by creating a team dedicated to facilitating action towards net zero carbon and what steps are being taken toward reducing carbon in the infrastructure built and operated by Healthy Waters.

Leigh Steckler

Leigh Steckler is leading work to develop sequestration opportunities in the Auckland region to account for all the carbon Healthy Waters cannot design out of its infrastructure projects. She will discuss the approach Healthy Waters is taking to off-setting emissions, the focus on blue carbon sequestration and the multiple benefits that Healthy Waters is seeking to achieve through this programme.

Booking and joining information

This joint event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

Bookings are being taken by our event partners, Water New Zealand, so please contact Katrina Guy at Katrina.guy@waternz.org.nzif you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance. For further information, go to their event page.

If you have any queries about this talk, please contact Liam at Liam.Foster@wsp.com.

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