08 Apr 2021
The New Zealand government on Thursday (April 8) delivered on a key election commitment to tackling climate change by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transit away from fossil fuels.
This is the first major announcement to follow the release of the climate change commission's draft package of advice to the government in February.
"Today's announcements will make a real difference to New Zealand's emissions profile, and are a significant boost to our clean energy sector, helping us on our path to a cleaner, smarter economy," Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods said.
The ban on new coal boilers used in manufacturing and production will come into effect by Dec 31 this year. An option proposed is to also prohibit other new fossil fuel boilers where suitable alternative technology exists and it is economically viable.
The New Zealand government is also proposing to phase out existing coal boilers by 2037. In addition, consideration is being given to how to phase out other fossil fuels in existing sites through re-consenting processes and best practice requirements in a national environment standard.
"The amount of coal displaced by these proposals equates to about 500,000 tonnes each year. Once the changes are fully in place it will mean the equivalent of between 400,000 to 550,000 cars being removed from our roads in a single year," the minister said.
Source : https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz