In recent years, the discussion of energy sources and their environmental impact has become very important. The future of natural gas and LPG is at a critical juncture as New Zealand races to meet its climate change goals and transition to cleaner energy options. The purpose of this blog post is to examine the prospects, challenges and potential avenues for gas in the evolving energy landscape.
Will gas be phased out in New Zealand?
Currently, there are no bans on gas connections or the delivery of natural gas and LPG to homes and businesses in New Zealand. It is expected that natural gas and LPG will continue to be supplied to connected consumers until the transition to new low and zero-carbon gases is complete, a target likely to be achieved by 2050.
Every day, approximately 600,000 Kiwi households rely on LPG and natural gas energy for essential tasks such as cooking, hot water, and heating. These energy sources are integral to their daily lives and provide reliable and efficient solutions.
Natural gas plays a significant role in powering various businesses and industrial operations across New Zealand. Currently, over 19,000 businesses, including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and steel manufacturers, depend on natural gas for their energy needs. Plus, natural gas contributes to approximately 14% of the country's annual electricity generation.
Technology that could shape the future of gas
Experts are actively exploring alternatives that could play a role in the future. Trials are underway which aim to introduce blended gas energy by 2025. This will involve gradually increasing the proportion of future gases while maintaining the delivery of existing natural gas and LPG to consumers. The goal is to transition to 100% future gases by 2050.
Future gases will undergo rigorous safety protocols and adhere to stringent standards before they become available to consumers. This ensures that just like today's natural gas, future gases will meet the required safety and quality requirements.
Gas prices: Are renewable options more expensive?
Ultimately, the transition to renewable gases is a complex and evolving process. While it is expected to result in higher costs compared to today's natural gas, gas energy is anticipated to remain a viable and competitive option, offering value to consumers while contributing to New Zealand's sustainability goals.
Exploring the future of barbecuing
Rest assured, for the time being, you can continue enjoying your gas barbecue and conveniently purchasing LPG bottles. However, in the future, exciting alternatives will become available, enabling you to contribute to a zero-carbon Aotearoa. Get ready to sizzle up your favourite dishes on a bioLPG or even a hydrogen barbecue, offering both environmental benefits and a delightful cooking experience.
While the availability and widespread adoption of these technologies may take time, it is encouraging to know that the journey towards sustainable barbecuing is well underway. Keep an eye out for future developments and prepare to embark on a flavorful culinary adventure with reduced environmental impact. Together, we can create a greener future, one barbecue at a time.
Owning or buying new gas appliances
If you currently own an appliance that uses natural gas or LPG, you can be confident you will be able to use it for its expected lifetime, typically up to 15 years. As we shift towards a future of low and zero-carbon gas energy, the blending of gases will play a vital role in the journey. If you are considering purchasing a new gas appliance, most modern appliances are already designed to run on a blend of natural gas and renewable hydrogen gas (up to 20%) or biogas, ensuring their compatibility with evolving energy sources.
Visit one of our showrooms today or contact us to talk to our knowledgeable team about your gas needs. Together we can embrace a sustainable future without compromising on comfort and style.
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