Energy & Resources

Labour is committed to ensuring a just transition to a low carbon-economy. That’s why we’re investing in job-rich, clean energy solutions for New Zealand. We’re also committed to tackling rising energy costs, whether it is petrol at the pump or keeping your heater on.

Labour's 2020 campaign policies

  • We are planning ahead for New Zealand's future energy needs and bringing forward the goal of 100% renewable electricity generation by five years to 2030. Read our clean energy plan here.
  • We will significantly expand the Just Transitions unit with an additional $5 million per year, to enable us to support regions beyond Taranaki as they navigate the transition to a low emissions future.
  • We are seeking to extend the life of the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter between three and five years while a locally-led transition for Southland is developed. Read more here.

Labour’s plan

Labour is already rolling out our plan for a just transition to a low carbon-economy. We’ll continue to invest in the energy sector to create jobs and stimulate the economy, and deliver clean and affordable energy solutions for New Zealand. That’s why we are:

  • Helping to keep families warmer with our Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, ensuring an estimated 9,000 additional low incomes homes will be Warmer Kiwi Homes. This will also help to protect people from respiratory disease and create jobs
  • Doubling the Winter Energy Payment to help more than 1 million New Zealanders heat their homes and improve their health during winter. More money for heating will serve to stimulate spending as more Kiwis will have more funds to pay for what they need
  • Investing $155 million in transformative energy projects as part of our shovel ready infrastructure investments. The shovel-ready investment programme will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs.

Labour’s achievements to date

When we came to office, New Zealanders had been fleeced at the petrol pump for years. Our Commerce Commission report into petrol prices found the market was broken and motorists were paying too much. Now we’re taking action to bring down fuel prices by improving competition in the wholesale and retail fuel markets.

We’re making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the pump through the Fuel Industry Bill, which will bring a suite of measures to increase competition in the market and will flow through to the prices motorists are paying at the pump.

We are also making moves to tackle rising electricity prices. Kiwi consumers are paying too much for electricity and many people struggle to meet the cost. We are progressing work to level the playing field between big ‘gentailers’ and independent retailers, increase transparency and boost competition.

To tackle the long-term challenge of climate change, we are investing in new technologies and infrastructure, like Ara Ake – the National New Energy Development Centre in Taranaki. Ara Ake will lead the development of new clean energy technologies and work with businesses to commercialise their innovations creating high-paying local jobs and our new science research fund invests in cutting edge renewable energy technology.

Our investments in hydrogen energy facilities, Green Investment Finance Ltd, and our renewable energy strategy will all also help New Zealand create new jobs in new industries moving us away from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

We have provided greater support for low emissions vehicles by co-funding over 1,000 EV chargers nationwide, assuring EV users have opportunities to charge their cars. At the same time we’ve established the Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund to encourage innovation and investment that will accelerate the uptake of low emission vehicles.

We’re transitioning to a low-carbon economy, moving New Zealand away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. That is why we have:

  • Put an end to any new offshore oil and gas exploration
  • Reformed the Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Passed the Zero Carbon Act
  • Invested in a clean powered public service, by helping more hospitals and schools switch to clean, climate-friendly ways of keeping people warm