Aucklanders are big energy users. Our largest contribution to emissions comes from private vehicle use, which will be considered in our transport challenge. But Auckland is also a significant electricity demand centre, with almost all electricity being generated outside of the region, including at the Huntly coal/gas-fired power station in Waikato.
Energy-related emissions are also produced by local industries that use heat for processing, such as NZ Steel’s use of coal for steel-making in Glenbrook, or beer brewing, coffee roasting, glassmaking, veggies grown in heated greenhouses, and sugar production. Coal and gas boilers are also used for heating at hospitals, schools and other large venues across the region, including Mt Eden and Mt Smart stadiums. Local and central government are committed to decarbonising these sites.
Aucklanders need to help decarbonise energy use, by electrifying transport and industry, and increasing the uptake of renewable electricity sources, to build the smart, resilient and affordable energy system of the future.
Our challenge partner
Ara Ake was established by the government in 2020 to accelerate Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions and equitable energy future. Its purpose is to reduce the time, cost and risk associated with the development, commercialisation and deployment of energy innovation in Aotearoa New Zealand, by leveraging national and international knowledge and networks.
Ara Ake and Climate Connect Aotearoa’s partnership helps innovators and communities to understand and navigate the energy sector. We aim to bring together the right actors to make change happen.
Community energy-sharing initiatives for Tāmaki Makaurau
We have kicked off our first energy challenge in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with a commitment to focusing on community energy-sharing initiatives that address energy hardship and share the benefits of new distributed energy technologies, such as solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles.
Climate Connect Aotearoa and Ara Ake will collaborate with partners to design and set up a Tāmaki Makaurau-based energy-sharing pilot. The pilot will provide evidence of the benefits of energy sharing, making a case for regulatory and systems change, and ensuring climate solutions are more equitable and accessible across Aotearoa.
While energy efficiency, emissions reduction or decarbonisation considerations can be challenging for small to medium enterprises, there are existing, affordable technologies to help reduce business energy costs that pay off quickly. We've released a report about the barriers and opportunities for Tāmaki Makaurau businesses to decarbonise process heat. Sign up to join our workshop in early 2024 to discuss findings and learn about available support.