35 days ago

Poll: Horizons commits to reducing emissions buy 30 per cent in 10 years

Maxine Jacobs Reporter from Manawatū Standard

Mōrena kiritata,

Wider Manawatū councillors have decided to walk the talk when it comes to climate change by aiming to reduce regional council emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Horizons Regional Council voted on Tuesday to adopt the target and put $80,000 of unbudgeted money towards understanding its emissions inventory.

Do you think Horizons can do it? Why/why not?

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Horizons commits to reducing emissions buy 30 per cent in 10 years
  • 39.1% Yes.
    39.1% Complete
  • 43.8% No.
    43.8% Complete
  • 17.2% I'm not sure.
    17.2% Complete
128 votes
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