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Gas water heating is here to stay

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

A common concern people have when purchasing a gas hot water heating system is the future of gas in New Zealand. Rest assured gas will remain a vital source of energy in New Zealand homes for many decades to come

There is a misconception that the government is  banning gas energy. This is absolutely not the case. In fact, the Climate Change Commission has noted in its policy direction for energy, industry and buildings* that access to diversity of energy options, like gas, makes Aotearoa more energy secure. The Commission has also differentiated fossil gas from other low- and zero-carbon gases and made recommendations around the reduction of fossil gases specifically.

The gas industry in New Zealand is right behind the Climate Change Commission recommendations and major gas suppliers are committed to achieving zero emissions by 2050 by using biogas, bioLPG and hydrogen. There will be a gradual transition to zero emissions and your gas connection will continue to work throughout that time.

So, if you’re thinking of connecting to gas or already connected, you can be sure that gas and LPG will continue to flow as New Zealand makes the shift to zero carbon gases.

Can I still connect to natural gas or LPG?

Yes absolutely. There has been no proposed ban on either!

Will natural gas be turned off in the near future?

No. Natural gas and LPG will continue to be delivered to connected consumers and gradually transition to new low- and zero-carbon gases. This is likely to be by 2050.

Can I buy a gas water heating system with confidence?

You sure can! You can have confidence that you’ll be able to use any new gas or LPG water heater for its expected lifetime.

The Cylinder Guy team fully supports New Zealand’s move to new low and zero carbon gases. Our modern gas water heating systems are already able to run on a blend of natural gas and renewable hydrogen gas (up to 20%) or biogas/bioLPG. This aligns with gas supplier goals and Climate Change Commission recommendations.

Learn more about the future of gas energy here.

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*https://ccc-production-media.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/public/Inaia-tonu-nei-a-low-emissions-future-for-Aotearoa/Chapter-15-inaia-tonu-nei.pdf 

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