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


BP's solar savings swamped by petrol use

Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has congratulated BP for its investment in solar power. However she cautioned that the annual global savings in greenhouse gases represent just 41/2 hours petrol use in New Zealand cars alone.

BP today opened New Zealand's first solar powered petrol station, next to Auckland's southern motorway. Solar cells on the roof of the station will run the lights and petrol pumps, meeting a third of the station's electricity needs.

"Solar energy is a sunrise industry which needs substantial investment to bring the price down and establish it as a commercial reality," Jeanette Fitzsimons said. "BP's investment is welcome and will bring the solar future a small step closer."

BP is hoping to save 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide with the opening of two hundred "plug in the sun" service stations in ten countries.

However Ms Fitzsimons said this was just a drop in the bucket compared to emissions from petrol fuelling the growing number of cars.

"New Zealand's motorcars alone put out 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every 41/2 hours. Or to put it another way, this global saving is negated by growth in petrol sales in New Zealand alone every 40 days.

"As well as exciting new developments in solar energy, we must develop policies to reduce our dependence on cars and to use them more efficiently. Better land use planning and public transport for Auckland would be a great start," Ms Fitzsimons said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages