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The release of the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) advice to the government in early June has raised some questions on the future of gas in New Zealand. The CCC has not proposed a ban on new gas connections from 2025, but instead, they have recommended the government sets a date on the halt of new gas connections once a national energy strategy is developed and there is greater clarity around the contribution future gases can make. We can reassure you that gas will continue to be part of New Zealand’s energy mix for years to come, even as we move towards carbon neutrality as a nation.
Rinnai New Zealand strongly supports the goal of carbon neutrality and believes that gas will be part of the energy mix into the future. Currently over 500,000 New Zealanders enjoy the low cost, comfortable and reliable benefits of gas hot water and home heating and the emissions from all of these domestic gas appliances make up less than 1% of NZ’s total emissions.
Gas will continue to be distributed to existing homes and businesses for the foreseeable future. New users will be still be added to the network until a national energy strategy is developed and NZ has plenty of natural gas for homes to last for decades.
Exciting new zero or low emission gases like hydrogen, biogas and bioLPG are being developed in New Zealand and are recognised by the Climate Change Commission as a good way to reach our emission reductions.
While natural gas and LPG will likely be phased out by 2050, these exciting new gases will allow us to all continue enjoying the endless hot water and warmth our gas appliances provide.