Clean Tech Opportunities

An Expert's View about Sustainability in New Zealand

Last updated: 27 May 2011

One of New Zealand’s strengths is its renewable energy program. In fact it is one of the very few countries who are 100% renewable. In a world where a price on carbon pollution and general energy efficiency is inevitable, New Zealand is uniquely positioned to capture opportunities and become a leader in clean fuels, materials and technologies.

Sector briefing Clean Tech Opportunities in New Zealand Why New Zealand? In a rapidly changing world, New Zealand's relative size allows it to react swiftly to economic change, taking advantage of new technology and fresh opportunities. For a small country, New Zealand has a number of companies at the cutting edge of clean technology. The country prides itself on its clean green image and therefore has had to prove itself with a number of initiatives relating to the environmental market. One of New Zealand?s strengths is its renewable energy program. In fact it is one of Doing Business Guide for New Zealand gives an the very few countries who are 100% overview of New Zealand?s economy, business renewable. In a world where a price on carbon culture, potential opportunities and an pollution and general energy efficiency is introduction to other relevant issues. inevitable, New Zealand is uniquely positioned to capture opportunities and become a leader ?One of New Zealand?s in clean fuels, materials and technologies. strengths is its renewable New Zealand has a history of innovative energy program. In fact it is developments and expertise in renewable one of the very few who are energy and environmental technologies, paired with benchmark pol 100% renewable.?icies in environmental protection and management. The economy is adaptable with a highly skilled labour force, and it has enviable access into the energy intensive markets across Asia where demand for new clean technologies is set to increase significantly in the coming decades. Find general information on the New Zealand market conditions on UKTI?s website. The UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Clean Tech opportunities in New Zealand Transpower - Wind Generation Opportunities Forecasting Tool New Zealand has a history of innovative Transpower is considering options with regard developments in renewable energy, with to the acquisition of a wind generation decades of expertise in the areas of geothermal forecasting tool or service. The System and hydro generation. More recently, New Operator (SO) division of Transpower Zealand has harnessed wind resource and is recognises that whilst the current level of developing the use of energy resources such as installed wind generation (~550MW) does not tidal flows and biomass. New Zealand is now cause material system security issues, the looking at other areas of importance such as addition of the currently consented 3000MW of clean agriculture, environmental technologies generation will present operational challenges and clean transport. for system management. Clean Agriculture To meet this operational challenge, SO is investigating the viability of a wind generation New Zealand?s long history as a primary forecast tool for use in real time grid security producer has seen it lead the way with many assessments. It is intended that the tool would innovations and efficiencies in pastoral initially stand alone from the Market System farming. New Zealand leads global research but that forecast data would be available to efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions System Co-ordinators in real time to enable from primary production, and under recent less conservative approaches to maintaining legislation it became the first country to include grid security to be undertaken. The tool may agriculture in a domestic emissions trading require integration to the Market System at a scheme. later date, should the operational need arise. New Zealand has around 80,000 farm holdings, Contact Energy Geothermal Plant which cover a total landmass of around 13 million hectares. The land used for meat and Contact Energy is to spend $623 million wool farming is mainly hill country and rolling building a new 159 megawatt geothermal downs, while the lowlands and coastal plains power plant, partially replacing its 52 year-old support dairy, arable and horticultural Wairakei power station, and will turn to production. The industry is good at reacting to shareholders for part of the funding. Contact world market demand by changing land use to announced heads of agreement were signed on suit demand, moving into more profitable the 22 of February 2011 for the Te Mihi station. areas, and specialising and developing products for niche markets. The plant is scheduled to be operational by mid-2013, at which time 45MW of the capacity As a result of the intensive farming practice, a of the 181MW Wairakei station will be number of opportunities exist for decommissioned. With expected net output environmentally friendly effluent systems and from Te Mihi - which is near Taupo - of 159MW agricultural clean technology in New Zealand. from its two 83MW generating units, the total The only way in which New Zealand can stop net increase in electricity production from the environmental pollution is through technology two plants will be 114MW. and improved agriculture practices. Technology like nitrification inhibitors could mean big Funding will be through a combination of debt opportunity for agriculture if improved farming and equity, with details on a pro rata practices are adopted. renounceable rights issue to come, with majority shareholder Origin Energy confirming The country has also developed legislation its commitment to subscribe. Contact expects around such improvements and has its next investment after Te Mihi to be the implemented a number of programs, such as 250MW Tauhara 2 geothermal power station, The Dairying and Clean Streams Accord on the eastern edge of Taupo. agreement between Fonterra, the Minister of Agriculture, the Minster for the Environment and Local Government NZ. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Clean Tech opportunities in New Zealand Clean transport UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Historically, New Zealand was a pioneer in the Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors use of alternative fuels for transport fleets, and in over 100 markets. such as compressed natural gas and liquid petroleum gas, and has a proud history of You can be alerted to business opportunities on innovation in transport technologies. More a regular basis by registering on the UKTI recently, there have been a number of New website. Find out more on UKTI?s business Zealand companies developing new, more fuel opportunities service on the UKTI website. efficient internal combustion engines as well as technologies to enable the deployment of electric vehicles. DesignLine is just one example; the company developed a world- leading, high-tech hybrid electric bus for export. New Zealand companies are also pioneering third generation bio-fuels from sustainable resources such as forestry and algae. LanzaTech, a company that was founded in 2005, presents an exciting opportunity to meet the increasing global demand for affordable, low carbon transport fuels and sustainably produced chemical intermediates. LanzaTech?s commercial plants will effectively convert a variety of nonfood, low value gas feed stocks into clean bioethanol and platform chemicals. Their process is able to utilise gases from industry, including steel mill, oil refinery and coal manufacturing waste gases, all with minimal conditioning. Environmental technologies New Zealand businesses are pioneering the use of bio-energy from biological waste, such as effluent, food waste and landfill waste. Initiatives range from piloting gasification and bio-oil technologies for New Zealand trees, plants and waste, to the use of anaerobic digestion of farm wastes for complete farm energy solutions. It's unlikely any other country would institute a nationwide "Zero Waste" policy. Due to the tireless efforts of the visionary Warren Snow, New Zealand became the first country in the world with such a policy in 2002. Today, 38 of New Zealand's 74 local authorities have adopted zero waste targets, with a projected goal of meeting them by 2020. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Clean Tech opportunities in New Zealand Major events and activities UKTI contacts Australian Geothermal Energy Conference Paul Tuckley 16-18 Nov 2011, Melbourne - details to be Trade Manager announced British Consulate General Auckland Tel: (0064) (9) 303 5017 Email: New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 21-23 Nov 2011, Venue: to be advised Hamish Jenkin Trade Development Officer New Zealand Geothermal AGM British Consulate General Auckland 22 Nov2011, Venue: to coincide with the Tel: (0064) (9) 303 5014 Geothermal Workshop Email: AWATEA's 5th Annual conference 26-27 May 2011, Te Papa Tongarewa Green Living - consumer and trade show 28 May 2011, Alexandra Park Function Centre, Greenlane, Auckland Coastlines: spatial planning for land and sea 1 Jun 2011, Aotea Centre, Auckland, Carbon Forestry 2011 13-14 July 2011, Crowne Plaza, Albert Street, Auckland Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Clean Tech opportunities in New Zealand Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the New Zealand market are you to meet contacts and promote your advised to undertake as much market research company in the New Zealand market and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in New Zealand, with its wide local This work is available via our Overseas Market knowledge and experience, can provide a Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable range of services to British-based companies service which assists British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global wishing to enter or expand their business in markets. overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website ? Key market players or potential to find contact details for your local UKTI customers in the New Zealand market office. ? 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Posted: 27 May 2011, last updated 27 May 2011