Fuel poverty is an increasing, but under-recognised cause of health problems in New Zealand, write Kimberley O’Sullivan and Philippa Howden-Chapman of the Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Families running out of credit or ‘self-disconnecting’ from pre-paid meters as a result of economic hardship has left children in the cold, a study by University of Otago researchers, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, has revealed. Listen to this Radio NZ interview with Kim O’Sullivan, Otago University PhD student, who investigated the use of pre-paid power meters among predominantly less affluent families.
This is a $340 million multi-year programme funded by the NZ government that provides funding for insulation retrofits and clean, efficient heating grants for NZ households. It began in 2009 and is the largest programme of its type in NZ history, intended to produce a range of energy and health related benefits. A cost benefit analysis of the programme, commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development, was done by a consortium including NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities members
See seminars by Eric Martinot and Bob Lloyd, internationally recognized experts on renewable energy, Caroline Ryder from the Ministry of Economic Development, and Eion Scott, Eco Design Advisor at Auckland Council. The focus is on some of the more difficult aspects of the transition to renewable energy: what’s likely to be needed and what’s likely to be possible.
from researchers at the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities