The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has done a lot of things for the country since she came into office in 2107, and she is continuously doing such acts to help the country sustain clean energy in the future.
Government initiatives over the past few years to combat pollution and other problems have included planting 100 million trees annually, a ban on future offshore oil exploration, and placing a cap on the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.
The cap on the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer was placed in efforts to protect freshwater from agricultural pollution.
As part of the latest movie of the Labour party, they have pledged that all energy generation in entire New Zealand will be 100 renewable. But only if they get elected in the upcoming October 17 elections.
The previous goal was in 2035.
According to a statement that was released by the party, they said that they will be accelerating the electrification of the industrial and transport sectors.
They will also be investing money in emerging technologies that will help make the country have affordable energy.
Jacinda Adern said in the statement:
The COVID-19 economic recovery represents a once in a generation opportunity to reshape New Zealand’s energy system to be more renewable faster, affordable and secure. Investment in renewable energy is also jobs rich. Our plan will creating new jobs and develop the high skill workforce our future economy needs to thrive.
Megan Woods, the spokesperson of the Labour Energy, also released a statement about the goals of the party for the country.
In the statement she said:
New Zealand produces 84 percent of its electricity from renewable sources now, but we can do better. We will stop activities that increase our emissions by, for example, banning new thermal baseload generation; and promote clean energy development. Our plan for clean energy and lower carbon emissions will help us seize the economic opportunities of being the clean, green country that New Zealanders see ourselves as being and that we can market ourselves as.
The government also sees further investment in clean energy as being a means of reducing the country’s reliance on imported energy.
Talking about the capabilities of New Zealand, Wood said that the country is capable of producing the “cleanest green hydrogen” on the entire planet.
This also allows the country to receive a premium in the international markets.
If the Labour Party of New Zealand wins the national election and makes the promises that they are making in reality, the entire country could join Iceland and Paraguay in a shortlist of nations that solely rely on renewable sources of energy.
Costa Rica is currently at 99 percent of getting its energy from green sources.