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Exploring options to ensure fuel security

Russia's recent actions have thrown a spotlight on energy security. Economic and social wellbeing is critically dependent on access to fuels which is why MBIE recently consulted on options to increase engine fuel security in the event of disruption. As we noted in our submission, we believe any move to increase security must be balanced against the increased costs faced by  consumers. Read more... 

Action plan for geoheat

The New Zealand Geothermal Association has launched a new Geoheat Action Plan focusing on the direct use of geothermal heat for industrial and commercial scale projects. Geothermal energy could play a critical role in our transition to a low-emissions Aotearoa. The focus of the plan is to increase the use of geoheat in central North Island locations, where geothermal energy is already a well-established, low-carbon energy option. Read now...

Energy Innovation Fund Navigator - Ara Ake

The Energy Innovation Fund Navigator is designed to assist innovators to identify funds or finance opportunities that may apply to their innovation, aimed ultimately to accelerate the demonstration and commercialisation of their energy innovation. The tool enables innovators to narrow down the funds that they are eligible for by inputting information about their business requirements.  Read more...

Upskill with Sustainability Leadership Course

Issues such as climate change and social inequity are now central to consumer and investor thinking. Now is the time to ensure you're ready to tackle these challenges head on. Applications are open for the Sustainability Leadership Programme. Delivered in partnership with Catapult and the Sustainable Business Council, this course gives you the tools and confidence to influence large scale sustainability change. Read more... 




Where do our engine fuels come from?

Most of our refined fuel comes from Asia - Singapore, Japan and Korea. Assuming storage tanks are half full, we have around 400 million litres in tanks across New Zealand - that's equivalent to around 17 days cover. This short white paper from Z Energy gives a good overview of fuel supply and how it will change as Marsden Point stops importing and refining crude oil.   Read now...

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Low emissions transport projects funded

Congratulations to our members ThunderGrid, Meridian, Z Energy and Fonterra who secured funding through the Government's latest Low Emissions Transport Fund (LETF) round. The Government expanded the scope of the latest funding round to increase its impact across the transport sector. Successful projects cover a wide range of applications, including some hard-to-abate areas.  Read more... 

Genesis completes executive refresh

Genesis Energy has completed a refresh of its executive team with two further internal promotions - Rebecca Larking has been appointed Chief Operations Officer, and Pauline Martin has been appointed Chief Trading Officer. They follow the internal promotion in January of Peter Kennedy to Chief Digital Officer, and appointment of James Spence as Chief Financial Officer. Read more...

Shortlist for Southland green hydrogen project

Four potential development partners have been shortlisted for the Southern Green Hydrogen project, a joint venture between Meridian Energy and Contact Energy to develop the world's first large-scale green hydrogen plant in Southland. The shortlist is a major step forward in the commercialisation of Southland's green hydrogen opportunity.  Read more...

Information disclosure for gas production, storage

Last month the Gas Industry Company proposed new gas governance rules for the disclosure of gas production and storage facility outage information. The new rules, which incorporated feedback from stakeholders, will provide for disclosure of planned and unplanned outages of gas production and gas storage facilities over a threshold, and for monitoring and compliance with these disclosure obligations. 




Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Senior Advisor  Wellington

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Senior Advisor Transport  Wellington

Genesis Large Business & Energy Services - Product Manager  Auckland

Genesis Senior Mechanical Engineer Hamilton, Tokaanu

Genesis Senior Civil Engineer Hamilton

Genesis Environmental Advisor Tokaanu

Genesis Hydrology Technician Tokaanu

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BEC's Annual Breakfast with the Minister

10 March, Online

BusinessNZ Energy Council in conjunction with Genesis Energy is delighted to invite you to attend our annual breakfast with the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods, where she will lay out her priorities for the energy sector this year.

WHEN 8:00 - 9:00AM 10 March 2022

WHERE Online



29 - 30 March 2022, Online

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 Online


Accelerating Decarbonisation
CEP Conference 2022

1 - 2 June 2022, Rotorua

2022 is the year we're giving it some jandal on accelerating decarbonisation. Rotorua is the place and picking up the pace is the theme. We'll have a published national Emissions Reduction plan for New Zealand, which puts even greater emphasis on the need to reduce emissions to reduce exposure to international carbon prices.

WHEN 1 - 2 June 2022

WHERE Rotorua


Climate Change and Business Conference

NEW DATE 19 - 20 September 2022, Auckland

The Sustainable Business Council and Climate Leaders Coalition have joined forces with the Environmental Defence Society to take the next Climate Change & Business Conference - Now to Net Zero, to a new level.

WHEN 19 - 20 September 2022

WHERE Auckland



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