NZ Transport Energy Needs 'Startling'

MED Reference Scenario study sees transport energy use to increase by another third by 2025

Published: 19-Nov-2003

Ministry of Economic Development projections for transport energy use are a "wake-up call" says John Blakeley, Convenor of the Sustainable Energy Forum. "New Zealand's transport energy use is already very high, and the MED's projected 1.3% annual growth ignores the golden rule -- if you are in a hole, stop digging."

The MED Reference Scenario, released in the latest Energy outlook report, suggests that transport use will increase by another third by 2025.

"We need a radical rethink about the way people and goods are moved, and whether we need that extra transport. If the trend in transport fuel demand is to be reversed, a suite of policies needs to evolve soon to create change. London, for example, has shown that even a primitive road pricing approach can have a big effect on congestion and bring major economic gains to businesses. Such measures in Auckland would be far cheaper than building more motorways, and more effective. New Zealand will be left further behind if we persist with failed last-century policies." said Mr Blakeley.

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