New Zealand

How not to make climate policy
August 19, 2013
New Zealand's reputation of being a “green” country is likely to take another hit, following the government's decision to cut its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. Following close on the heels of a milk formula scare in China, the country's “100% Pure” marketing slogan may be further threatened by its decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to just 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
New Zealand has eventually upped its environmental game by joining other members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by agreeing to produce an annual environmental report.
New Zealand's commitment to renewable energy is once again called into question in spite of the environment court telling Genesis Energy it can proceed with its 860-MW wind farm.
At the close of the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday a consortium of countries and international banking institutions announced that a funding package of USD532 million has been secured to fund renewable energy projects across the Pacific.
New Zealand's national marketing slogan, “100% Pure”, should be scrapped according to one of its own tourism expert. Professor Michael Hall of the University of Canterbury has said that the country's clean and green image is being eroded.
Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd. (CKI), owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing, has agreed to pay USD422 million to buy New Zealand waste company EnviroWaste.
The installation of the third and final solar PV system has been completed on the small South Pacific archipelago of Tokelau, giving the New Zealand-owned territory the capability to be the powered by 100 percent solar energy.
Indonesia's geothermal industry looks set to be the main beneficiary from reinvigorated diplomatic relations with New Zealand. The two governments highlighted renewable energy projects and geothermal, in particular, as being a priority in strengthening ties. The statement came at a press conference after the fifth annual Joint Ministerial Commission meeting on Tuesday between visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's Foreign Minister.
Afghanistan is getting its largest solar power plant, courtesy of New Zealand. Called the Bamyan Renewable Energy Project, it will be funded by the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development program by NZD18.6 million (USD15 million). Two New Zealand companies are to build a 1.05MW sustainable electricity network for 2,490 homes in the Bamyan province. NetCon Ltd and Sustainable Energy Services International Ltd jointly won the contract.
Indonesia’s Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina, has launched a 1,000-MW geothermal energy investment package with financial assistance from the World Bank and the government of New Zealand, according to the Jakarta Post.