Local news this week has been dominated by the announcements of a review of Tiwai’s future by Rio Tinto and what is, in effect, a deferral of the inclusion of the agricultural sector into the ETS. Closure of Tiwai would have a huge impact on our electricity market, although a review, of course, does not necessarily mean a change and may be part of moves to create a favourable hearing for the plant in political circles. Pushing the inclusion of agricultural emissions back to 2025 can only be seen as a win for the agricultural lobby and we hope it is not used as a mechanism to maintain business as usual and stall change.
In wider news, the IEA announced this week that renewable generation is expanding at its fastest rate in four years and could grow by 50% over the next five years from around 26% of total capacity to 30%. That growth will see around 1,200GW come on line, about the same as the current total capacity of the US.
Also from the IEA is confirmation that what consumers say and what consumers do are not always correlated. While many surveys are showing increasing public awareness and concern around climate change, our collective love of SUVs has become the second largest contributor to increasing emissions since 2010, with people buying larger and less fuel efficient cars. The report warns that if growth in SUV sales continues at its current rate, we’ll need an additional 2 million barrels of oil per day by 2040, equivalent to the benefits generated from 150 million EVs.
If the fashion industry hasn’t copped enough criticism recently for its generation of microplastics and plastic waste, it was revealed in research published this week that its greenhouse gas emissions are around 1.7bn tonnes a year and that wasted clothing costs the global economy over NZ$800bn a year. Big numbers by anyone’s standards.
If like me, you’ll be glued to your TV set on Saturday and Sunday nights, I trust it’s an energy efficient one.
We all know that congestion charging has had a huge behavioural influence in major cities around the world and that it has been mooted for one or two in New Zealand. This week, we also heard that London’s ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) is proving successful in reducing emissions and improving air quality. Results published this week on the first six months of its operation suggests roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution has reduced by 36% from 2017 levels. The analysis estimates the reduction in NO2 directly attributable to the ULEZ is 29%. Carbon emissions are down 13%. Compliant vehicles now make up 77% of traffic in the zone. Non-compliant cars pay £12.50 (NZ$25) per day when in the zone, heavy vehicles are charged £100 (NZ$200). Perhaps this is a more effective means of improving air quality and encouraging the uptake of low emissions vehicles than the congestion charge?
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