Crisis Results in Business Call for Renewable Energies

An organization in New Zealand says business must look to renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, NZ, 2001-08-22 [SolarAccess.com] An organization in New Zealand says business must look to renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “With conventional energy prices continuing to rise, alternative energy sources are starting to enter the mainstream thinking and some of these alternatives also result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, supporting our commitment to Kyoto,” says Rachel Brown of the Auckland Environmental Business Network. If the country continues its energy practices as normal, carbon dioxide emissions will rise 45 percent over 1990 levels, despite New Zealand’s commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. AEBN will accept a challenge issued by the federal government and will offer a training program for businesses in the city to implement energy efficient measures. In light of the country’s potential energy power crisis, Brown says the time is right to switch to energy efficiency practices within offices. The government strategy aims for a 20 percent improvement in New Zealand’s energy efficiency by 2012. “Renewable and alternative sources of energy are an integral part of the strategy,” says Brown. “The role of AEBN is to help make businesses aware of the options that are available now.”
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