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Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)




WE Talk exclusive with former BP Chief Exec

In the latest exclusive WE Talks episode, World Energy Council Executive Director Angela Wilkinson talks to Lord John Browne of Madingley, former BP CEO and co-founder of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity venture. The two discuss climate change, greenhouse gases, COP26 and the forces at play behind the current energy crisis playing out in many parts of the world.  Watch now...

Achieving security of supply on a net-zero grid

The European Union and New Zealand share ambitious decarbonisation goals placing the power sector in a pivotal role to not only carry its share of the emissions reduction efforts but also enable the transition of other sectors, such as transport. We were delighted to join with the Delegation of the European Union to NZ on this webinar discussing how to ensure security of supply while enabling the transition.  Read more...

Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders meet

Last week also saw the launch of APEC's CEO Summit gathering Asia-Pacific's business and government leaders to discuss issues, among them the future of energy. As well as videos from the event, you can view infographics offering an overview on policy issues including economic trends, supply chains, Covid recovery and climate change. Read more...

New Concept report compares cost of options

A new report from Concept Consulting compares the costs of flexible hydrogen production against a range of other options including a large-scale pumped hydro scheme down south. The report finds hydrogen is the least-cost option to reach 100% renewables while keeping electricity supply sustainable and secure. It also considers low-cost options to 99% renewable with natural gas or liquid biofuels.  Read more...

Submissions update

The BusinessNZ Energy Council have been working hard to represent the voice of business across a range of consultations this year. Keep an eye on our website to see all our latest work including two recent submissions on the Land Transport (Clean Vehicle) Amendment Bill and Electricity Industry Amendment Bill. Read more...

Catching up on COP26

Our colleagues at the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) have been busy following progress at COP26. Check out this handy event guide to catch up on local and international events you may have missed, such as this discussion on how national government policy influences business leaders' ability to take action with SBC's Mike Burrell and SBC/CLC's Neal Barclay.  Read more...




Victoria University's new Renewables programme

Our 2050 net zero carbon goal will require additional skills and capacity across various sectors of the economy, with energy being a key focus area. In response, Victoria University aims to introduce a new postgraduate programme that is focused on Renewable Energy with specialisation in either engineering or analysis. Feedback is welcomed here

Genesis steps towards sustainable future

Recent announcements demonstrate Genesis' commitment to empowering New Zealand's sustainable future, not only through its own work, partnering with FRV Australia to become a leading developer of solar generation, but also in sharing knowledge and practical guides with others through its new Climate Change Hub - a meeting place for insights, ideas and inspiration on how we can use energy to help address climate change.   Read more... 

Hiringa's hydrogen refuelling stations 

Hiringa Refuelling are entering the construction phase of their first four green hydrogen refuelling stations. With $16m secured from the Covid-19 Recovery Fund,  together with local and international investment, the equipment for the stations is now being manufactured, and the first 20 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) trucks have been ordered. The first stations will be located on Waitomo sites across Te Ika-a-Māui. Read more...

EECA's newest interactive online tools released

Where does our energy go? EECA has update their energy end use database and presented results in a new interactive online Sankey diagram, one of many online tools offered. Another tool recently released provides a public EV charger map of New Zealand. The team are currently consulting on developing a short-term roadmap for the public electric vehicle charging network.  Submissions close November 26.  Read more...

Transpower's new tool for generation developers

Envision Opportunities is Transpower's latest tool to help developers of new generation projects better understand the current capacity of the national network, and where it's best to connect. The tool is being launched on the back of increasing interest in new generation, particularly wind and solar, with enquiries increasing from around five a year to 40 last year.    Read more...




Youth Perspectives on Carbon Neutrality

25 November, Online

United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) in collaboration with the New Zealand Union of Student Associations presents Youth Perspectives on Carbon Neutrality in Aotearoa - How can we achieve a carbon neutral economy? With opening address from Minister of Transport Hon Michael Wood, followed by panel discussion.

WHEN 25 November

WHERE Online


Climate Change and Business Conference

3 - 4 March 2022, Auckland

The Environmental Defence Society, Sustainable Business Council and Climate Leaders Coalition are partnering up for this year's conference focusing on the central role of the business sector in decarbonising Aotearoa. It will provide a platform for leaders to share fresh ideas about how they are executing strategies to build resilience and deliver on ambition.

WHEN 3 - 4 March 2022

WHERE Aotea Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


LUMO Energy Reimagined

8 March, Christchurch

LUMO is a platform to exchange ideas, illuminate energy's influence on humanity, and cultivate a movement towards a positive energy future for Aotearoa.

WHEN 8 March 2022

WHERE Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch



29 - 30 March 2022, Lower Hutt

New Zealand's leading event for the energy industry and the place to plan, prepare and gain the insights you need to inform your actions. 

WHEN 29 - 30 March 2022

WHERE Lower Hutt Events Centre



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