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Energy Strategy—Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart

Tuesday 5 April 2011 Hansard source (external site)

Norman10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) Link to this
to the Minister of Energy and Resources

Does she agree that the joint scheme initiated by the Green Party and the Government, Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart, is the best initiative in the Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy because it is providing hundreds of thousands of New Zealand households with warm, dry, energy-efficient homes, and creating thousands of clean, green jobs?

ParataHon HEKIA PARATA (Acting Minister of Energy and Resources) Link to this

Tēnā koe, Mr Speaker. The Government agrees that Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme has been effective in improving insulation and heating in thousands of New Zealand homes. To date over 91,500 homes have been retrofitted.

NormanDr Russel Norman Link to this

Will the final version of the New Zealand Energy Strategy change from the version mistakenly released last week and have a greater focus on smart, green energy solutions like the Warm Up New Zealand scheme, instead of prioritising the development of fossil fuels?

ParataHon HEKIA PARATA Link to this

The Government is yet to finalise its energy strategy.

NormanDr Russel Norman Link to this

Is she aware that if New Zealand goes ahead and digs up its lignite coal, as proposed in the draft strategy, it will result in the release of greenhouse emissions equivalent to 150 times our current annual emissions; and how is that compatible with the “50 by 50” target for reducing emissions?

ParataHon HEKIA PARATA Link to this

The Government has not yet finalised its energy strategy.

NormanDr Russel Norman Link to this

Does she agree that when the Government does finalise its energy strategy, it would be best if the Government were to embrace a clean, green energy strategy rather than that proposed in the draft strategy, which is to embrace fossil fuels?

ParataHon HEKIA PARATA Link to this

The Government has not yet finalised its energy strategy, and those issues are being taken into account.

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