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We have clean water, fresh air and healthy soils. Well-functioning and diverse ecosystems make up an environment that can support our needs. Resources are used efficiently. There is minimal waste and pollution.
Good air, water and soil quality, and reducing waste are all essential to maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring the sustainability of resources. Water-based recreational activities are part of an outdoor-focused way of life and it is essential that the water is of a high quality. Protecting land through open space covenants also helps maintain ecosystem diversity, along with natural and cultural heritage. Primary land uses such as agriculture, dairying and cropping are key contributors to an economy but they can have a negative influence on the environment.
16 indicators are used to measure progress towards the healthy environment outcome (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2017 period) is provided via the menu below. The healthy environment index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
As there is only one community outcome under environmental well-being, the same index is applied to both the well-being aspect and the community outcome area.
Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being
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Inefficient use of energy, especially energy obtained from fossil fuels, carries environmental, social, and economic costs. Current energy production and consumption patterns have been linked to global climate change, energy cost and resilience issues, local health effects, and regional impacts such as air and water pollution, damage to marine terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, resource depletion, and soil contamination.
The total apparent energy consumption from all sources divided by the estimated resident population.
Most recent source is: Communtity GHG Inventory Wellington City and Wellington Region 2015 (published May 2016) see GHG emissions section for document link.
Last updated April 2017
Energy consumption data is an aggregate of multiple energy types equivalised to MWh and then normalised across the Wellington region population.
Energy types include: stationary (electricity, natural gas, coal, biofuel, and LPG) and mobile (petrol, diesel, rail diesel, jet kerosene, aviation gas, marine diesel, light fuel oil and LPG).
Population figures applied are Statistics NZ Estimated Resident Population for Regional Council Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun).
Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
While care has been taken in processing, analysing and extracting information, we cannot guarantee that the information is free from error and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product or service.