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Much anticipated climate advice now released

The Climate Change Commission have released draft advice on potential pathways to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The advice expands on the governments current target for renewable electricity, suggesting a 60% target for renewable energy by 2035. Heat, industry and power are proposed to reduce emissions by 44% over that period, requiring the adoption of new technology and  collaboration across the sector. Read more...

Policies for an evolving transport fleet

Transport emissions could also reduce dramatically, set to halve by 2035 according to the Commission's advice. One option is to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in NZ. A recent study undertaken by Concept Consulting and Retyna explores various policy mechanisms such as a feebate scheme or fleet emission standard. According to the study, NZ could save up to $15 billion by 2050 in vehicle, fuel and carbon emission costs. Read more...

How does NZ compare?

The World Energy Council's  Pathways to Climate Neutrality report compares pathways for the EU and 16 other countries, including NZ. The report identifies four approaches; the 'green pioneer' with a focus on de-carbonisation, the 'traditionalist' who prioritises economic efficiency and energy security, the 'energy exporter' and the 'energy hungry'. Concise one page overviews provide a snapshot of each country's emissions and a summary of their targets and actions. Read more...

World Energy Council Energy Transition Radar

The World Energy Council are seeking views on the impact of, and recovery from COVID in their third installment of the World Energy Transition Radar. Previous results explored business continuity preparedness and the new normal. The latest survey seeks views on building back better, in order to understand the actions energy organisations are taking to recover from COVID. Your input helps identify the pace and direction of recovery. Take survey...




Artificial intelligence to shake up energy sector

Wellington-based software developer Arcanum delivers enterprise artificial intelligence technology, taking large data sets and generating new insights into the data. Founder Asa Cox recognises there is already some innovation happening in the data-rich energy sector but says "a lot more could be done". Use cases could include load balancing, predictive demand, intelligent batteries and storage or customer retention. Read more...

Product stewardship scheme for big batteries

The Battery Industry Group (B.I.G) was launched in November 2019 to create a proposal for a 'circular' product stewardship scheme for large batteries. Its aim is to ensure large batteries are properly managed at end of life, and where possible, given a second life as part of a circular economy. Consultation on the draft scheme will be starting in a few weeks' time. If you have large batteries in your value chain, we urge you to have your say.  Read more...

Calculating costs of next electricity generation

MBIE have just released an interactive tool illustrating the levelised cost of electricity generation (LCOE) for potential projects. The LCOE is the average minimum price electricity can be sold for from an asset in order to cover the total cost of production over its lifetime. Next generation is likely to be wind or hydro, although the tool doesn't account for additional costs to meet peak demand. Read more...

Mercury show support for EV announcement

Last month the government announced it will continue work towards introducing a clean car import standard. Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs Nick Wilson supported the announcement saying it's time to put our foot on the pedal. "Urgent action is needed to deliver emissions reductions, and the transport sector is clearly an area where any change can happen relatively quickly". Read more... 

Z Energy, Air New Zealand back biofuels mandate

Z Energy and Air New Zealand have welcomed the government's decision to implement a biofuels mandate that will help the country to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector. Both companies have been part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Consortium. The consortium was formed to develop a roadmap for sustainable aviation fuel to become the norm for air travel in New Zealand.  Read more...




Climate Change Commission

Draft advice presentation and discussion

2-5 February, Wellington

The Climate Change Commission will be hosting a series of webinars following the publishing of their draft advice on 1 February 2021. Each of the sessions will focus on insights and recommendations for a sector. The purpose of the session is to help you navigate the specific information you may be looking for, and provide the opportunity to ask questions.

SECTOR Transport

WHEN 3 February 2021

SECTOR Heat Industry Power

WHEN 29-30 March 2021


WHEN 29-30 March 2021


Summer School in Energy Economics

15-17 February, Auckland

The Summer School programme focuses on key challenges facing New Zealand, including dependence on imported liquid fuels, transitioning to a low carbon economy, electrification of transport, renewable energy, public transport and climate change.

Insights into the practical aspects of energy supply and demand will come from industry representatives.

WHEN 15 - 17 February 2021

WHERE The University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland


Start Your Carbon Zero Business Journey

24 February, 3 & 10 March, Online

Join the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce in February to start your carbon journey. This practical webinar series will educate your team on carbon emissions, why and what the role of business is, where to start and what to do. The Carbon Zero Series is made up of three consecutive sessions.

WHEN 24 February, 3 & 10 March 2021

WHERE Lower Hutt Events Center, 30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt



The Energy Sector's Strategic Forum

29-30 March, Lower Hutt

Downstream is New Zealand's premier event for everyone involved directly or indirectly in the downstream energy industry. This must-attend event offers insights into current energy sector challenges and opportunities such as network performance, distributed energy, the changing retail landscape, regulated markets, emissions, technology and customer trends.

WHEN 29-30 March 2021

WHERE Lower Hutt Events Centre, 30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt



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