WIT Press


Promoting Sustainable Energy In The New Zealand Transport System: Policies, Programmes And Strategic Directions

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT090381

Volume

107

Pages

9

Page Range

431 - 439

Published

2009

Size

224 kb

Author(s)

D. J. Baars

Abstract

This paper discusses the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the New Zealand transport system. It begins by examining the characteristics of New Zealand’s transport system that influence energy use, including the age of vehicles, vehicle ownership rates and the total amount of vehicle kilometres travelled. The paper then overviews the range of targets, policies and programmes that are being used to promote greater energy efficiency and renewable energy in the New Zealand transport system, in order to reduce carbon emissions and enhance energy security. Two key measures are focused upon: a vehicle fuel economy labelling scheme and a vehicle fleet fuel economy target. The paper concludes by discussing the prospects for adopting electric vehicles in New Zealand, as a strategic step the country could take to further reduce and diversify its future transport energy use. Keywords: energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuel economy, electric vehicles.

Keywords

energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuel economy, electric vehicles