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WEC: no such thing as a cheap, easy and quick energy transition

Angela Wilkinson of the forum says that the most recent polls from April shows that the world energy system is no longer fit for purpose. The concern from most energy leaders is that the pace of change is too slow to keep us on track for the Paris Agreement. You can view the CNBC International interview here.

Your world energy pulse

The World Energy Council has published results from its latest World Energy Pulse which polled more than 700 energy leaders and decisionmakers. The resulting data set provides the most up-to-date snapshot of current attitudes towards progress on energy transition based on responses from across the global energy community. The survey reveals national security interests and green technology arms race as the greatest obstacles to the energy transition progress. Read more...


Call for evidence: emissions budgets and 2050 emissions reduction target of New Zealand

He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission is calling for evidence to support three important upcoming pieces of advice on Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions reduction target and emissions budgets.  The call closes on 31 July. Read more... 

Infrastructure priority list

Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission is working with Treasury to develop an infrastructure priority list process for New Zealand. The work on the priority list will explore linkages with existing planning and funding processes. Read more...

Policy Futures: EU-Aotearoa New Zealand Newsletter - June 2023

This second edition covers Europe Day (9 May), EU-NZ cooperation on sustainable cities and against plastic pollution, as well as latest EU legislative developments including the world’s first Artificial Intelligence Act, measures on sustainable aviation, marketing standards for agri-food products, geographical indications. Read more...


ExportNZ/DHL Barometer: Have your say and be in to win

ExportNZ and DHL have partnered to bring NZ exporters a short survey with big outcomes. The results of this survey will also factor into ExportNZ's pre-election report and recommendations for the next government. To be in to win a signed 2023 DHL Super Rugby Pacific jersey from your chosen team and $250 Noel Leeming voucher, complete the survey here before Friday 30 June 2023.


BEC Submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has recently submitted a submission on Strengthening national direction on renewable electricity generation and electricity transmission. BEC is currently working on the annual updates to the NZ ETS limits and price control settings and the draft advice to the Government on the second emissions reduction plan. Read more...




Energy to power crops and feed the world

Explaining energy doesn’t have to be complicated. Energy101 is a series from BEC designed to help everyone understand NZ’s energy system. In today’s lesson you’ll meet Sheena, who explains how energy is used to power our crops and feed the world. View here...


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New BEC member BlueFloat and Elemental

BlueFloat Energy New Zealand and Elemental Group have partnered together to develop an offshore wind energy industry in Aotearoa helping meet growing demands for electrification, offering solutions to decarbonise our economy and supporting the transition to a renewable energy future. Working together we have ambitious plans to develop a 900 MW offshore wind farm in South Taranaki and a 1 GW+ project off the West Waikato coast. Read more here... and here...


NZ’s biggest ever emissions reduction project unveiled

The Government is partnering with New Zealand Steel to deliver New Zealand’s largest emissions reduction project to date, with half of the coal being used at Glenbrook steel to be replaced with electricity to recycle scrap steel.   Prime Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement alongside Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Climate Change Minister James Shaw at the Glenbrook steel factory in South Auckland recently. Read more...


JRSNZ special issue call for papers: Renewable energy

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is calling for papers for a 2024 Special Issue entitled 'Renewable Energy: Enabling a just transition in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Submissions are invited with original contributions to fundamental and applied research related to renewable energy. The special issue will be compiled into the following themes: Technological innovations. Systems modelling and analyses. Social and economic implications. Read more... 


By 2025, 75% of emissions reductions in Mid-South Canterbury are economic

A new report on the Regional Energy Transition Accelerator (RETA) shows by 2025, 75% of emission reduction in Mid-South Canterbury are possible. Understanding unique region-specific needs, opportunities and barriers is critical. Decisions about investment in infrastructure that meets future demands requires coordination that takes into account the collective impact  of decisions across multiple individual sites. Read more…


Gas X

In GasNZ's May Newsletter, Janet Carson shares her thoughts and insights a month on from an Australian Renewable Gas Tour. She considers the value of the tour and the insights delegates have shared about their experiences as well. Read more... 




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CEP Conference 2023

27/28 June, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Challenging our behaviours and decisions to deliver a thriving, low carbon Aotearoa 2023 is the year we are looking to foster resilience into Aotearoa. We’ll still be bringing the best international ideas, innovations and speakers to the conference but will be challenging ourselves to shift behaviours and decision making to create a more sustainable world. Once again we are partnering with the Bioenergy Association for the conference with expanded coverage of alternative and clean fuels and looking at ways we can accelerate the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy. We look forward to seeing you there.

WHEN  27/28 June

WHERE Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


Climate Change & Business Conference

19-20 September, Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

Early bird registration for the Climate Change & Business Conference, delivered by the Sustainable Business Council, Environmental Defence Society, and Climate Leaders Coalition, are closing soon on 30 June. The conference will provide a timely opportunity for business, government and civil society to tackle the tough questions the country is facing, and to share innovative thinking and new ideas about how we can collectively accelerate emissions reductions while building our resilience to the impacts of a warming world.

WHEN 19-20 September

WHERE Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland


26th World Energy Congress

22-25 April 2024, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The World Energy Council are thrilled to announce that early bird registration for the 26th World Energy Congress is now open! Don’t miss out on the chance to attend this impactful event where we’ll address the pressing challenge of energy. Save your spot at a early bird rate until 11 December 2023. 

Did you know members get a discounted rate for the Congress? You can become part of the World Energy Council – as a member, by hosting a national Member Committee, or by becoming a partner. Get involved!

The theme, Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, emphasises that there has never been a more important time for leadership in energy, for climate and human security, for promoting new energy actions in all regions which generate positive harmonies between people and planet, and for peace.

WHEN 22-25 April 2024

WHERE Rotterdam, The Netherlands



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