Eight schools were initially identified in January 2020 to have their coal boilers replaced. Other schools with older, less efficient boilers have since been prioritized, Shaw said Friday. But now work will begin on the remaining boilers.
“Today’s commitment is a major expansion of the program and means that approximately 180 schools equipped with coal-fired boilers will be able to prioritize the transition to clean energy.
“These projects are estimated to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 36,000 tonnes over ten years, which is equivalent to taking 1,400 cars off the road.”
Funding for a number of other projects was announced on Friday, with $22.92 million allocated from the Public Sector Decarbonization Fund.
Kāinga Ora is receiving more than $3.7 million to purchase electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. This will be invested alongside approximately $4.9 million from its own budget. Other recipients of funds for electric vehicles and new heating systems include the police, the Department of Social Development and a number of District Health Boards (DHBs).
the The pleasure of public sector decarbonizationd is part of the Carbon neutral government program, which is responsible for accelerating emissions reductions within the public sector. The program has reduced 433,981 tonnes of carbon over 10 years, the equivalent of taking 17,400 cars off the road.
It requires the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, with agencies measuring and publicly reporting their emissions, and offsetting those they cannot reduce by then. This requirement came alongside the government’s announcement of a climate emergency in December 2020.
The government will unveil its emissions reduction plan in the coming weeks ahead of the 2022 budget. It will outline the policy and regulatory changes needed to reduce emissions.
The latest greenhouse gas inventory published in April by the Ministry of the Environment showed that gross greenhouse gas emissions increased by 21% between 1990 and 2020.
Agriculture accounts for 50% of New Zealand’s total emissions, followed by energy which accounts for 40%. Emissions from the waste sector have decreased by 17% thanks to continuous improvements in the management of solid waste disposal in landfills.