Business View Oceania | April 2021

3 4 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA APRIL 2021 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA APRIL 2021 O p e n i n g L i n e s A P R I L 2 0 2 1 T he New Zealand Government is rolling out its plan for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 by committing funding to a range of clean energy projects, including coal boiler replacements at ten schools, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced on April 13. Schools, tertiary institutions, hospitals, and other government agencies will be supported to replace fossil fuel boilers with cleaner alternatives and improve the efficiency of buildings. The projects will reduce carbon emissions by around 26,000 tonnes over the next ten years, equivalent to taking over 1,000 cars off the road. “Our Government has committed to achieving carbon neutrality in the public sector within five years. Today’s announcement takes us a step the lights on in too many of New Zealand’s most important public buildings. Last week we announced plans to make sure that the energy we use to power industry comes from clean, renewable sources, rather than from burning dirty fossil fuels. Today we do the same for schools, hospitals, and tertiary institutions,” James Shaw said. Minister Shaw made the announcement at Pukerua Bay School, which is one 36 schools to receive Government support to replace its coal boiler. “I have visited a number of the schools we are supporting to replace their old, dirty coal boilers we are replacing. These boilers are usually located in rooms coated black by coal deposits that have built up over 60 years of someone literally having to shovel coal first thing in the morning so the kids have somewhere warm to learn. On every visit I have heard from parents closer towards delivering on that promise. It also helps ensure more of the places our kids go to learn and our loved ones go to be cared for are contributing towards meeting the emission reduction targets this Government has put in place,” James Shaw said. The projects announced include: replacing coal boilers at ten schools replacing coal boilers at the Southern Institute of Technology and a natural gas boiler at Taranaki DHB improving the energy efficiency of facilities at Auckland, Waikato and Hawkes Bay DHBs, and Massey and Victoria Universities “Fossil fuels are still used to heat and keep and teachers how pleased they are that we are finally bringing this to an end. But, I have to say, on every visit what I enjoy most is talking to the kids and hearing how excited they are to find out that their school is helping the planet they are going to inherit from us.” James Shaw said. Minister Shaw noted that the announcement also helps to advance the commitments in the Cooperation Agreement between Labour and the Green Party to decarbonise the public sector. “We know there is much more we need to do, but today’s announcement shows that this Government is right to prioritise cutting emissions from the public sector,” James Shaw said. Further information Funding for the clean energy projects will be allocated from the Government’s $200 million State Sector Decarbonisation Fund, administered by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). The fund was created in 2019 to support schools, hospitals, and other public organisations to make the switch to clean energy – including changes that will be required to achieve a carbon-neutral government sector by 2025. The announcement means that the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund has committed funding for clean energy upgrades at 36 schools, 7 universities and 10 hospitals. In September 2020, the Minister for Climate Change announced that almost $55 million Our Government has com- mitted to achieving carbon neutral- ity in the public sector within five years CARBON NEUTRAL GOVERNMENT A STEP CLOSER