Comments on the Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy

from researchers at the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities

We find the vision of the Draft Strategy limited. We believe the stated vision is one more suitable to the 20th century, than the 21st. The stated vision is unclear and uninspiring, located firmly within the silo of energy use with no acknowledgement of the urgency and severity of climate change, peak oil or of the importance of other sectors. As a relatively wealthy, small and dynamic country with many renewable energy resources New Zealand should aim to be an exemplar country. This vision would be compatible with international leadership moves by this country in the past (see Appendix 1). In particular:

Comment on Draft NZ Energy Strategy (PDF)