Glossary

A guide to acronyms (and abbreviations), words and phrases used throughout the Environment Canterbury website. Look in the 'By Subject' tab to find groups of terms relevant to a specific topic.

Some terms might have definitions in addition to those in this glossary.

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Ultra-low emission wood burner
a burner that under strict real-life operating conditions can meet an emissions and efficiency standard of 38 milligrams per megajoule or emits less than 0.5 grams of total suspended particulate per kilogram of fuel burned and has a thermal efficiency of 65 per cent or greater.
Unconfined aquifer
means an aquifer that lacks an overlying layer of fine sediment, and is not under pressure.
Unwanted organism
any organism that a chief technical officer believes is capable or potentially capable of causing unwanted harm to any natural resources (Biosecurity Act 1993).
UAGC
Uniform Annual General Charge
UC
University of Canterbury
UDS
Urban Development Strategy
UK
United Kingdom
ULEB
Ultra-Low Emission Burner
US
United States
USA
United States of America
USBR
United States Bureau of Reclamation
UTAS
University of Tasmania
Ute
Utlility
UV
Ultra-Violet
UWAG
Upper Waitaki Applicant Group