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


Steady progress on energy targets

Mon, 20 Dec 2004

Steady progress on energy targets

Progress but more to be done on energy efficiency and conservation targets


The second year results for the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS) are released today. The results to March 2003 show that energy efficiency has improved only one per cent over two years but that 20 per cent of the renewable energy target has already been met.

"While there are still many issues to resolve around the quality of the energy efficiency data we have, the message is clear, we must do more," says Energy Minister, Pete Hodgson.

The NEECS targets are for energy efficiency to have improved by 20 per cent by 2012 and for renewable energy to contribute an additional 30 petajoules of energy. The targets cover all areas of the economy including transport, domestic and commercial energy consumption.

Since March 2003, the government has taken many significant steps that contribute to meeting the targets. In the transport sector, this includes new legislation, a restructuring of the sector and the announcement of an $18.7 billion spending package. All of these measures should lead towards improving the overall efficiency of the sector.

Domestic and commercial energy efficiency measures have also been boosted. More money has been put into the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the Electricity Commission is looking to implement a $22 million energy efficiency programme. Large businesses are being encouraged to improve energy efficiency, at the same time as reducing emissions, through the Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements scheme.

Energy efficiency was also highlighted as an area requiring further work in the recently released Sustainable Energy discussion document.

Government is also supporting the growth of renewable energy. If all the renewable energy schemes successful in its Projects to Reduce Emissions programme proceed, they could contribute around 13PJ to the NEECS target.

"Energy efficiency can help increase security of supply, reduce the pressure to build expensive new generation sooner than we otherwise might and can help protect the environment. We need to secure these gains at the same time as supporting sustainable economic growth and improving standards of living," says Energy Minister, Pete Hodgson.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election