Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Renewable energy answer to sustainable future

Increasing New Zealand’s use of environmentally friendly energy sources is one of the main aims of the draft National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

The Minister of Energy, Pete Hodgson, launched the draft strategy today. It aims to improve New Zealand’s energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2012 and encourage the use of clean renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

“Current predictions show we will use 13% more energy in 2012 than we do now - and our energy use already accounts for over 80% of our CO2 emissions,” Mr Hodgson said. “By 2012, our growing need for energy is set to push up those emission levels by 45% on 1990 levels.

“We need to begin shifting our focus to include cleaner renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass.”

Most of the energy New Zealand uses goes into producing electricity. The proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources such as hydro has dropped from 73 percent in 1990 to 66 percent in 2000.

New Zealand has natural advantages in renewable energies, but has been slow to adopt the technologies. Principally this is because the price of traditional fossil fuel energy sources has not reflected the full cost of supply.

However, wind turbine technologies and solar thermal conversion systems are now being used in New Zealand. Overseas trends indicate other renewable alternatives will be viable in the medium term.

The Draft Strategy proposes incentives for the use of renewables. It also calls for whole system efficiency improvements in the energy supply sector and price signals that encourage consumers to use energy efficiently.

Other proposals include increased use of wood waste, especially as a heat source in industries such as forestry processing.

The draft strategy says New Zealand’s fossil fuel-based transport energy is at increased risk in the next decade of increased price and supply volatility. Biofuel alternatives are likely to remain expensive in the near future, but greater use of alternative fuels such as LPG can provide advantages in the shorter term.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election