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

 


Businesses and households to save from new energy plans

Businesses and households to save from new energy efficiency initiatives

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

“The energy sector, specifically transport and industrial heat, are two key areas where energy efficiency initiatives have the potential to save thousands of dollars for businesses and reduce carbon emissions,” Mr Bridges says.

“Businesses use around 70 per cent of New Zealand’s total energy, which is worth around $8 billion each year.

“In many cases the main barrier preventing businesses and consumers from taking action is a lack of awareness and information.

“The three initiatives to be run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will bridge that gap through awareness campaigns, energy audits, training workshops and industry partnerships to improve heat processes and fuel efficiency.

“With good information, businesses can make smart choices. The initiatives will more than pay for themselves through direct savings. There are also a number of co-benefits like emission reductions, and increased productivity and competitiveness.”

“From an investment of $3.8 million, we expect businesses and households to be better off by up to $30 million over the lifetime of the investments.

“While modest, these initiatives will help demonstrate how efficient energy use can save money, boost productivity and reduce emissions.

“Transitioning to a more energy efficient and lower emissions economy is part of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.”

The three initiatives are:

Energy efficient meat and dairy plant initiative
EECA will work with meat and dairy plant operators - the biggest users of industrial heat - to identify efficiency opportunities such as improvements to heat recovery processes, boiler tuning and, where economic, fuel switching (e.g. from coal to wood).

The Government will spend $750,000 over two years with industry expected to match or better this funding.

The initiative is expected to deliver up to $700,000 dollars’ worth of energy savings per year, and reduce carbon emissions by 7,000 tonnes per year.

Expansion of the Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme
The heavy vehicle sector consumes approximately 20 per cent of all transport energy - about one billion litres of diesel per annum – and there is potential for fleet operators to save up to 15 per cent of their fuel use.

The Government will spend $1.1 million to double EECA’s current Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme to reach an additional 150 small to medium sized vehicle fleets over three years.

The programme is expected to deliver around $1.2 million of diesel savings a year, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 7,500 tonnes a year.

Fuel efficient tyres initiative
Private vehicles are responsible for about 10 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

With over three million cars on our roads, increased uptake of fuel efficient tyres represents a significant opportunity to reduce emissions at a national level.

EECA will work in partnership with industry to run an information campaign to increase consumer awareness and uptake of fuel efficient tyres.

The Government will spend $2 million over two years. The initiative is expected to save approximately 2.5 million litres of fuel each year, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 6000 tonnes a year.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news