We support Aotearoa's drive toward a carbon zero future and have confidence that innovative, new zero-emission gases will see gas continuing to play an important role in our country's energy mix.
On Sunday 31 January the Climate Change Commission released a draft report to Government, recommending actions to significantly reduce emissions in Aotearoa. This included a proposed ban on new gas connections and phasing out of natural gas and LPG. Continue to connect to gas with confidence today; as we move towards a future energised with renewable, low and zero-emission gases. Trials of biogas and hydrogen gas are currently being developed in New Zealand, to help us move to a lower carbon future.
It's just the beginning of a new journey for us to an even better future together.
The love affair with gas isn't over
Recent events might have shaken you, and caused you to ask, “Is this the end?” We want you to know that the love affair is far from over.
Every Kiwi comfort lover knows that a home connected to gas is luxuriously comfortable. Toasty winter evenings spent snuggling on the sofa, lavishly long hot baths and creating and enjoying countless delicious dinners together.
Gas energy and comfort lovers are the perfect pairing. There's no need to break up with gas by 2025 if you are already connected. Gas will continue to come down your pipes, well after this date under the proposed recommendations.
New Zealand has plenty of gas
The Climate Change Commission draft report recommends a proposal for no new connections to natural gas or LPG after 2025 and phasing out of these gases by 2050. This doesn't mean no gas after 2025!
New Zealand has plenty of natural gas to power Kiwi homes for decades to come. The gas appliances you purchase today for cooking and heating your home and water, will have a lifespan on average of 15-20 years.
The proposed phase out date of 2050 for natural gas and LPG in the draft report is not yet approved. We know that renewable, low and zero-emission gases are on the way to take the place of natural gas and LPG. Public feedback and submissions are now being reviewed by the commission, before the final recommendations are presented to government in May 2021.
Introducing our blended gas family
Innovative new gases like hydrogen gas and biogas will help us move to even cleaner gas energy alternatives.
Did you know around 90% of our gas pipe network (and 100% of our new subdivisions), are compatible and ready to deliver zero carbon gases like hydrogen gas to your home? In fact, blend trials of renewable, low and zero emission gases are being developed in New Zealand now.
There is a lot of potential too around biogas, which can be generated from converting decomposing organic matter like landfill or agricultural and forestry waste.
Renewable gases can not only be used in our gas pipes direct to homes, but could also be used to generate electricity when renewables can not meet peak demand. That is when the lakes are low, the wind is not blowing and the sun not shining!
Watch this space for the latest news.
Gas has a future energising tomorrow's homes
Our vision for the future confidently continues to have gas energy powering your home.
Over 425,000 homes, that's around a quarter of Kiwi households, use gas for cooking, hot water or heating. Homes using gas produce less than 1% of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Modern gas appliances are energy efficient, and many can take a blend of natural gas and biogas or hydrogen gas.
Future appliances will be able to take 100% renewable and zero emission gases - so your teenagers will still be able to enjoy those endless hot showers
Find out more about gas for home today
The beauty of energising your home with gas is that you can connect one gas appliance now and easily add or retrofit others in later. Gas is ready to transform as we move towards a carbon zero future. It really is the ultimate, affordable, comfort upgrade for your family. We are on a journey together to take your home into the future and enjoy a better Aotearoa. You can connect to gas with confidence - explore more about the comfort, cost and control benefits of gas.