Queenstown ‘Girl of the Lake’ underneath scrutiny for environmental affect

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2021-06-11 10:50:32

A research into greenhouse gasoline emissions in Otago has famous the affect of the TSS Earnslaw ‘Girl of the Lake’ steamship, together with a listing of different industries and gamers.

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TSS Earnslaw ‘The Girl of the Lake’, in Queenstown.
Picture: Actual Journeys

The TSS Earnslaw, typically referred to as the Girl of the Lake, has been plying Lake Wakatipu since 1912, however the steamship is coming underneath rising scrutiny over its environmental affect. The ship on her personal contributed 1 p.c of Queenstown Lakes District’s transport-related greenhouse gasoline emissions, in line with information launched this week.

Otago Regional Council’s first Greenhouse Gasoline Emission Stock estimated the much-loved Queenstown icon smoked out 4076 tonnes of ‘carbon dioxide-equivalent’ between July 2018 and June 2019.

Carbon dioxide equal (CO2e) is an ordinary unit for counting greenhouse gasoline emissions, no matter whether or not they’re from carbon dioxide or one other gasoline, corresponding to methane.

Gross emissions for the Queenstown Lakes District have been estimated at 600,895 tonnes of CO2e.

Transport was the very best emitting sector for the area, accounting for 45 p.c of gross emissions. On- and off-road transport accounted for 60 p.c, and aviation accounted for 38 p.c of sector emissions.

The depend included all worldwide flights, whereas earlier research by Queenstown’s personal council didn’t.

The stock, ready for Otago Regional Council (ORC) by consultants Ernst & Younger, made a degree of highlighting the steamship’s contribution.

“The coal fired TSS Earnslaw, which operates on Lake Wakatipu, is estimated to generate 4076 tonnes of CO2e, or 1 p.c of complete transport emissions for the district,” it stated.

The TSS Earnslaw was launched the identical yr because the RMS Titanic, and is the oldest passenger-carrying coal-powered steamship within the Southern Hemisphere.

It’s owned by Actual Journeys, a subsidiary of Queenstown tourism big Wayfare, and makes the journey to Walter Peak farm, 45 minutes every approach, three to 4 instances a day, relying on the season.

The TSS Earnslaw is at present out of the water for annual upkeep, on a short lived dry dock in Kelvin Heights, from 3 Might to 25 June.

Wayfare chief govt Stephen England-Corridor, who was till just lately the boss of Tourism NZ, stated: “We’re dedicated to making sure she continues to supply a novel heritage expertise to be loved for an additional century or extra.

“We’ve got made a lot of modifications over time to mitigate the smoke and emissions, and are at present investigating additional choices as we develop our group programme to maneuver towards changing into carbon impartial.”

Dairy cows graze under irrigation system near Lauder, Central Otago (2014)

Agriculture was the most important greenhouse gasoline emissions supply for 4 out of 5 Otago districts between July 2018 and June 2019, the stock stated.
Picture: Colin Monteath / Hedgehog Home / Minden Footage / Biosphoto

Stock provides snapshot of emissions region-wide

Gross and internet emissions for the Dunedin Metropolis District have been estimated at 1,250,047 tonnes CO2e (21 p.c) and 1,033,802 tonnes CO2e (32 p.c) respectively.

The greenhouse gasoline stock estimated that the agriculture trade, notably sheep and beef actions, have been the first supply of emissions in Otago throughout 4 of the 5 districts, at 3,774,184 tonnes CO2e gross.

Within the 2018/19 monetary yr, the Queenstown Lakes financial system generated $3.3 billion in GDP, a few quarter of Otago’s complete GDP. It was dwelling to an estimated 44,800 individuals, 19 p.c of Otago’s inhabitants.

But, even with worldwide flights and tourism, in line with the information the district was chargeable for solely 10 p.c of Otago’s gross emissions of 5,821,025 tonnes CO2e.

Queenstown’s internet emissions, when greenhouse gasoline sequestration by forestry and different avenues was taken under consideration, have been 438,591 tonnes CO2e, which was 13.7 p.c of Otago’s 3,180,627 tonnes CO2e internet emissions.

Transport accounted for 918,438 tonnes CO2e gross throughout Otago, stationary vitality (together with electrical energy) 676,856 tonnes CO2e, waste (together with landfills) 348,036 tonnes CO2e, and industrial course of and product used 103,510.

Earlier this week, the Local weather Change Fee launched its ultimate recommendation to the federal government on how New Zealand ought to minimize its emissions over the approaching years to fulfill local weather change targets.

They beneficial banning imports of all diesel and petrol automobiles by 2035, ideally by 2030, however the report was criticised by Greenpeace and others for giving the dairy trade a “free move to pollute”.

Transport was the most important emissions supply in Queenstown Lakes District and a big supply in Dunedin, whereas electrical energy utilization made up a big proportion of stationary vitality emissions throughout all districts.

Stationary vitality made up 11 p.c of gross emissions in Queenstown and was dominated by electrical energy consumption. Waste contributed about 7 p.c of gross emissions within the district, largely attributable to strong waste disposal to landfills.

ORC technique supervisor Dr Anne Duncan stated the stock was ready in collaboration with Otago’s 5 metropolis and district councils.

“This stock is a crucial first step in direction of lowering emissions in Otago, as it is going to assist us perceive our footprint, mitigation choices and situations, and it’ll inform discussions and engagement with our communities.”

“Enterprise this sort of stock allows us to estimate – sector by sector – the place our largest emitters are in every district. The… research used a worldwide protocol for accounting and reporting greenhouse gasoline emissions, incorporating information held by the Dunedin Metropolis, Central Otago, Clutha, Waitaki, and Queenstown Lakes councils, amongst different sector sources.

ORC referred the report back to the Otago Mayoral Discussion board.

Dr Duncan stated the brand new stock, together with the ORC’s Otago Local weather Change Threat Evaluation (accomplished in March), would supply a very good foundation for a partnership strategy to local weather change within the area

The Queenstown App / Lakes Weekly Bulletin

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