13 May 2019
Taranaki’s position as ground zero for New Zealand’s move to a low-emissions economy has been cemented by last week’s Just Transition Summit.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened the two-day event on 9 May and announced $27 million in funding to build a National New Energy Development Centre in the region as well as $20m for cutting-edge energy research.
New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed the investment which he says shows the Government is ready to support the community.
Other keynote speakers at the TSB Stadium summit included film-maker and environment campaigner James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron and musician turned campaigner Peter Garrett while Minister of Finance Grant Robertson, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw also attended.
Co-hosted by NPDC and MBIE, the Taranaki 2050 Draft Roadmap on how to move to a low-emissions economy was released by Venture Taranaki at the Summit which also featured discussions on hydrogen, agriculture and the changing economics of the 21st century.