It is widely accepted that our region, our nation and our planet must reduce carbon emissions if we are to ensure the prosperity of future generations.

Here in Taranaki, that presents challenges and implications to a regional economy built on strong foundations of oil and gas and agriculture. So we need to plan, in advance and over the long-term, for the transition to a low-emission future. 

Over the past eight or so months, Venture Taranaki has worked with the region to create the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap, a document which sets out the low-emissions vision for our region in the year 2050. 

The Roadmap was developed through an innovative co-creation process, a new engagement model that collected the ideas and feedback of more than 1,000 people throughout our region at a series of community workshops and meetings. Energy Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods stated “I genuinely believe Taranaki’s 2050 Roadmap is world-leading.” 

The Taranaki 2050 Draft Roadmap was launched at the Just Transitions Summit in New Plymouth on 9 May, and since then we’ve actively encouraged people to give additional feedback and insight. We’ve visited many of the region’s schools to ensure the voices of our tamariki and rangatahi are heard, worked with unions to include workers, met with businesses and community groups, and talked with many others. We’ve also invited comment from anyone who is interested through the www.taranaki2050.org.nz website. 

The region’s feedback is being integrated into the report and big picture, and we are on track to finalise the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap later this month. Work will then begin on developing an action plan that will help our region deliver on the vision in the Roadmap. The plan is aimed to be completed by the end of the year and will set targets and activities for the first phase of our transition. The Roadmap is intended as an enduring piece of work to help guide decision-making around investment and initiatives in the region.

From there it’s up to all of the region’s current and future residents, enterprises, and stakeholders to ensure we make the most of the opportunities ahead of our region. It’s an exciting time to be living and working in Taranaki. 

To find out more about the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and the just transition to a low-emissions economic future, visit www.Taranaki2050.org.nz