This discussion document by MBIE presented a range of policy options for energy transition (alongside the ETS). HortNZ, TomatoesNZ and Vegetables NZ strongly opposed the proposal to require existing coal-fired process heat equipment for end-use temperature requirements below 100 degrees Celsius to be phased out by 2030.
Our submission highlighted the importance and role of the covered cropping sector, detailed challenges to transitioning to lower emissions energy sources and proposed that Government and Industry need to work together, calling for measures complementary to the ETS (e.g financial incentives to assist with the transition) rather than additional costs and regulation. Our submission was supported by an NZEIR report which examined the impact of growing ETS costs on growing businesses.
Click here to read the submission.