Gas Vs Electric

With sustainability on the tip of everyone’s tongue, a question has arisen about the future of fossil fuels and how society can start the transition to more eco-friendly energy sources.

The government has introduced a rebate scheme for buyers of new and used electric and hybrid vehicles to encourage a move away from gas-powered cars. People buying new electric and hybrid vehicles will be able to get up to $8625 back from the government, while people buying a used imported vehicle with low emissions will also be able to get up to $3450 back.

This incentive is seeing an uptake of more electric vehicles in the public, but are electric vans and trucks as efficient and available for use in the supply chain?

Another area up for debate is the use of fossil gas burners. The New Zealand Climate Change Commission released a report recommending “Small businesses such as restaurants, cafés and bars that use fossil gas for cooking will need to move to lower-emissions solutions, such as biogas and electrification.”

There has been no announcement of a government-led incentive for this to happen, however, as with the electric vehicle rebate. With the local hospitality sector still reeling due to the impact of COVID-19, surely the government needs to think about an effective strategy to help small business owners make this shift.

To ensure Kiwis’ confidence that gas energy will continue to flow well into the future, New Zealand’s gas industry has launched its Future Sure campaign.

Cameron Jardine, Future Sure spokesperson noted that tomorrow’s gases – like renewable hydrogen gas (generated from water), are already being developed or trialled in New Zealand and will allow Kiwis to continue to enjoy gas energy in their lives.

Has your business recently switched from gas to electric, whether in a vehicle or for cooking? Or are you thinking about it? We’d love to know your thoughts and find out how members of the sector are tackling this transition to a more sustainable future. Email