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Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)




Charging ahead: BEC sheds light on energy matters

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) has outlined core competencies and areas of concern for the energy sector as part of its 2023 election briefing document. Critical areas of concern include simplifying the Resource Management Act to ensure it is fit-for-purpose, looking at how to boost investment in energy and attract talent to New Zealand, and how to restore confidence in our carbon market and the Emissions Trading Scheme. Read more… You can read the 2023 energy brief here...


New Zealand becomes associated to Horizon Europe

The EU and New Zealand have signed the agreement on the participation of New Zealand to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research, and innovation programme. Horizon Europe is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with a budget of 170 billion NZD. Association to Horizon Europe means that researchers and organisations in New Zealand can now participate in Pillar II of the programme, including challenges such as climate and energy. Read more…


Tina Schirr joins NERI Board

Tina Schirr, Executive Director of the BusinessNZ Energy Council has recently been appointed a Trustee on the Board of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI). NERI look forward to having Tina's experience and expertise in the group. Read more...


The journey to pollution-free parcel delivery

The reality of freight being moved around New Zealand in heavy trucks powered by green hydrogen is edging closer. NZ Post has been trialling a hydrogen powered truck for a year and the results are promising. Since the trial was launched in July last year, NZ Post says the The zero emission, Hyundai XCIENT FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) has been deployed on full commercial operations between Auckland and Hamilton to assess its performance on New Zealand roads and conditions. Read more...


Empower Energy distribution platform

Empower Energy has launched its distribution platform that enables the donation of power bill credits to be distributed to families experiencing energy hardship. The charitable donations already received have gone directly to vulnerable families struggling with the cost of living, by paying a proportion of their power bill. Empower Energy have also partnered with FinCap to identify the recipients for these power bill credits. Read more...


BEC Submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has recently submitted on the EA’s Consultation on an orderly thermal transition paper, and BEC is currently drafting their submission on the ETS review. Read more... 




How to choose energy efficient appliances

The Genesis Climate Hub covers how to choose an energy efficient appliance, looks at the Energy Rating Label system in New Zealand, and the key thing to consider when choosing appliances. Read more...


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Z Energy teams up with ChargeNet and Counties Energy for single EV Charging app

Z Energy (Z) is partnering with ChargeNet and Counties Energy Limited (which operates OpenLoop) to launch an EV charging roaming trial, with support from EECA. The project aims to develop and trial EV-roaming capability between the three EV charging networks, which would enable EV drivers to charge at any of three networks from their choice of account. The trial will commence in early 2024. Read more...


Fonterra increases emissions reduction ambitions

Fonterra has announced a lift in its decarbonisation ambition with a new Scope 1&2 emissions reduction target which will be achieved by bringing forward some of its work to get out of coal. Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell says the Co-op is targeting a 50% absolute reduction in Scope 1&2 emissions by 2030, from a 2018 baseline, an increase on its previous target of a 30% reduction by 2030. Read more...


BlueFloat, NZ Steel partner on offshore wind

The BlueFloat Energy/Elemental Group partnership has ambitious plans to develop an offshore wind industry in Aotearoa. The MOU we signed last week with our friends at NZ Steel brings this one step closer. We will aim to use as much locally made steel in our projects as possible and at the same time renewable electricity generated from our planned Waikato Offshore Wind project can help NZ Steel with their plans to decarbonise. Read more...


Aotearoa New Zealand Annual RSM

Certified Energy regularly publishes a Residual Supply Mix (RSM). The RSM is an emissions factor for use by energy users in Aotearoa New Zealand when estimating emissions and planning decarbonisation activity. The RSM represents the characteristics of grid-supplied electricity, including all grid-connected electricity generation, adjusted to remove generation for which the renewable attributes have been explicitly traded and tracked on the NZECS for redemption against a particular business' consumption. Read more... 


Geothermal energy researchers search for the 'supercritical' source

NZ Geothermal Week, which celebrates all things geothermal, was held 24th–29th July in the heart of the Taupō Volcanic Zone. GNS Science is a proud sponsor of this essential event for the energy industry, which is organised by the New Zealand Geothermal Association and Amplify. You can read more about the GNS contribution to the future of energy in this news article. Read more...


bp in marine biofuel first for Wellington Harbour

bp Marine, part of bp’s trading and shipping business, has entered into  a long-term supply agreement with integrated transport company StraitNZ, which includes the supply of marine biofuels in the port of Wellington. bp Marine’s new Wellington offer will comprise the supply of marine fuels by barge, including the region’s first bio-VLSFO, to its customers from early 2024. Read more... 


Latest transport funding invests in clean marine and off-road vehicles

A range of new projects are showing what's possible when it comes to low emission off-road vehicles and water-borne vessels, as part of a new round of Government funding announced today. Energy and Resources Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has confirmed 19 innovative transport projects, including the country’s first electric 90-tonne dump truck, a road construction crew using zero-emissions equipment, and an electric hydrofoil ferry. Read more...




Meridian - Marketing Manager-Energy Innovation - Christchurch Central

Meridian - Head of Projects - Christchurch Central

Nova - Energy Trader Graduate - Wellington Central

Mercury - Wholesale Transmission Analyst - Auckland CBD

Aurecon - Power Systems Leader - Auckland

Aurecon - Power Systems Leader - Christchurch

Aurecon - Power Systems Leader - Tauranga

The University of Auckland - Energy Manager - Auckland

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Chat GPT and Wider AI Applications in Energy and Transport

10 August, Mercury, Auckland

How can ChatGPT and other AI applications help transform the energy and transport sector? Come and join us to find out how ChatGPT and AI could be used to shape our energy and transport sector now and in the future. Among other things, our presenters will look into some burning questions on how ChatGPT might shape up our workforce in today's and tomorrow's world. We will also discuss how AI is used short to mid term, including practical examples such as how it can be used to advance prompt engineering. Last but not least, we will provide a (not so) futurist view of the energy and transport sector powered by AI. 

 We will hear from three presenters before we head into a 30 minute panel discussion, designed to answer all your tricky questions. 

 Speakers include: 

 · Asa Cox – CEO and Founder | Arcanum AI 

 · Esther Tomkinson – Process and Improvement Coordinator | Mercury and Co-Chair of the Young Energy Professionals’ Network 

 · Tony Baker – Managing Director | TESLA Asia Pacific Ltd

WHEN  10 August 9am-10.30am

WHERE Mercury, The Mercury Building, 33 Broadway, Newmarket, 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


Webinar - Women Founders: Learn from their journey and embrace your own path!

9 August, Online

Gain insights from NZ women entrepreneurs and learn about their journeys to building successful businesses. Join TechWomen NZ council members for an insightful conversation about women's entrepreneurship.  Discover the unique journeys they have undertaken in building their businesses, and gather tips and guidance to empower and inspire other aspiring women entrepreneurs. We’ll also discuss topics like motivations that drive women to embark on the entrepreneurship journey. 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 9 August, 12pm-1pm

WHERE Online


An introduction to the Default Price-Quality Path

9 August, Online

This event run by the Commerce Commission New Zealand is targeted at industry stakeholders but is open to anyone who would like to learn more about default price-quality paths – including those new to the regime and those seeking a refresher.

WHEN  9 August, 1pm-2.30pm

WHERE Online via MS Teams


Climate Change & Business Conference

19-20 September, Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

This 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



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