CategoryRenewable Energy

Electrification of our economy will deliver profound benefits for consumers, jobs and climate – but we need a plan and fast

New Zealand faces a unique opportunity to transform our economy through using our renewable electricity resources to replace fossil fuels. The benefits of electrification promise to be profound for consumers; for jobs and our economy; and for our climate The question is, asks Transpower CEO Alison Andrew, are we ready and do we have a plan? Over the last two-and-a-half years, Transpower, as the...

3/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles (Pt.1 & Pt.2).  Part Three – The Solutions Alternative aviation fuels In our first article we explored the climate change problem faced by the aviation industry and in the second we considered many of  the challenges we...

2/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Foggy Airport

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles. Part Two: The Challenge The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament in early May 2019. If passed into legislation, it will set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Agriculture...

1/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Air New Zealand Wing

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles. Part One: The Situation We need to decarbonise New Zealand’s aviation industry and must begin now. In Europe plans are being developed with an aim of decarbonising aviation. In addition, there is ongoing investment in alternative...

It’s high time to rethink low carbon innovation policy in New Zealand

New Zealand’s ability to build domestic clean technology industries and respond effectively to climate change is handicapped by a deep-seated rigid notion that low carbon innovation can come about on the back an ETS alone. This notion disregards the processes by which low carbon innovations have successfully been developed and become competitive to date. Concepts like ‘level playing fields’...

The economic viability of green electrolytic hydrogen

Bob Beth looks at current global trends around hydrogen generation from renewable energy, and drills into the benefits and opportunities for Aotearoa New Zealand to take a policy leadership role – and be open for business to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen infrastructure. Advances in energy capture are advances in human destiny. – Steven Pinker “Enlightenment Now…” The current...

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