Low Carbon Transport Group

The PACE vision is that by 2020 companies and government organisations will be recognised for their action to reduce transport-related carbon emissions.

The transport sector is a major contributor to New Zealand’s carbon emissions at around 17 per cent. There are therefore significant opportunities for this sector to make a meaningful contribution to reducing New Zealand's carbon emissions.

As major employers, both government and business have significant influence over decisions that can help New Zealand meet its climate commitments and shift the economy to more sustainable transport modes.

The Low Carbon Transport Group' focuses on: accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles, scaling up the use of biofuels, adopting low carbon freight options and causing behavioural shifts that result in reduced transport carbon emissions.

The group aims to connect up individuals in organisations who can help drive change. The group also offers a platform for businesses and organisations to share knowledge and resources.

Need help to reduce your transport emissions?

We’re happy to connect you with people in the know or help you find the information you need. Here’s some areas to consider and the people to contract:

EV uptake and procurement: Nick Wilson (Nick.Wilson@mercury.co.nz)

Biofuels in New Zealand: Tina Frew (tina.frew@z.co.nz)

Sustainable procurement in the freight sector: Kate Alcock (kalcock@businessnz.org.nz)

EV fleet conversion and alternative EV mobility solutions: Tim Calder (tim.calder@meridianenergy.co.nz)

The group is co-led by: Tina Frew (Z) and Nick Wilson (Mercury), with members David Maucor (Downer), Adam Weller (Waste Management), Matthew Blaikie (Auckland City Council), Clem Arlidge (EECA), Tim Calder (Meridian) and Sid Dubey (Toll Group).

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Work to date

On Monday the 12 of November 2018 the Sustainable Business Council Low Carbon Transport Working Group ran a Heavy Vehicle Transport Decarbonisation Workshop at Waste Management Ltd in Auckland alongside Downer and Z Energy. The outcomes of the Heavy Vehicle Transport Decarbonisation Workshop were to:

  • a. Share objectives and identify opportunity areas to achieve a step change in reducing GHG emissions in the Heavy Vehicle transport sector
  • b. Focus on short term / medium term initiatives, technologies and innovation
  • c. Set foundation for future collaboration between parties, deliver 2 initiatives and showcase these at the July 2019 Climate Leaders Coalition event

To achieve these outcomes the workshop focused on participants sharing their insights around what is now considered a feasible and economically viable approach to low carbon heavy vehicle transport for New Zealand companies, and explored barriers and possible focus areas to unlock further opportunities.

The workshop brought together key industry players that were willing to exchange their challenges and opportunities, while looking ahead at partnering to deliver tangible pilot projects.

A number of challenges and ideas were discussed, with the key themes being charging infrastructure, education / networking and bringing technology supply to NZ.

Workshop Attendees were:

  • Auckland Council
  • Auckland Transport
  • Countdown
  • Downer NZ
  • Drive Electric
  • EECA
  • Fonterra
  • Pacific Fuel Haul
  • SEA
  • THL
  • Waste Management
  • Z Energy
  • Zero Emission Vehicles

Biodiesel 101 Webinar

  1. What is biodiesel and its benefits?
  2. The manufacturing process
  3. Feedstocks and their differences
  4. Regulations, specifications and testing
  5. What vehicle OEMs have to say
  6. Q&A

Over 20 organisations joined the webinar.

Watch a video of the webinar below and read the Q&A's here.

Electric vehicle targets

Over 30 New Zealand businesses have committed to convert 30% of their fleet to electric by 2019.

The Low Carbon Transport Group are supporting these businesses with their purchasing decisions.

Success will be measured by our national target to have 64,000 electric vehicles in New Zealand by 2021.

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Members of PACE use fleet EVs to travel to a group meeting, April 2017

EV Fund Will Evolve to Meet Emission Targets - Woods

Felicity Wolfe

The Government's electric vehicle contestable funding rounds will evolve over time to ensure they continue to support the country's transition to a low-emission economy, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.

While there are many other ways for the Government to support electrification of transport - including switching over the Crown fleet - she says the fund for low-emission transport projects has become "even more important" given the coalition government's plans to get to net zero emissions by 2050.


NZ Biofuels Roadmap launched!

Crown Research Institute, Scion, has undertaken a New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap

study to outline what a large-scale biofuels industry in NZ could look like. The modelling effort was conducted using the UK Energy Technologies Institute’s Bioenergy Value Chain model and has consultation from a number of government and industry stakeholders. A valuable reference for an open and fact-based discussion around NZ biofuels opportunities.

Do emission reductions the equivalent of halving the number of cars on NZ roads sound of interest? If so you can read more in reports and press release available here. Additionally, Scion will be holding a 1 hour webinar 1pm, 15th March – you can book your place at this event using https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2535790862015849985 or email admin@bioenergy.org.nz to be sent the link.  Attendance at this webinar is FREE courtesy of EECA Business.