Transitioning New Zealand to renewable energy

This paper investigates the potential for replacing fossil fuels in the stationary energy and transport sectors in New Zealand with renewably-generated electricity. The purpose is to quantify the amount of new electricity generation required and to assess the likely greenhouse gas reductions in relation to achieving New Zealand’s climate change targets. Alternative means of meeting the 2030 target by using bioenergy resources, planting forests and purchasing offshore carbon credits were considered.

This paper reports a scoping exercise to give an idea of the size of the transition and the potential gains.

NZ's GHG emissions by sector in 2013;                                             Breakdown of energy sector emissions

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