Environment

Coal ban only first step in moves to cut natural gas from industry

Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 09 Apr 2021
The government is proposing to use national directives and resource consent renewal processes to hasten the phase-out of natural gas for industrial and commercial heat processes.The expectation that natural gas supplies will start dwindling because of the government’s ban on new oil and gas exploration is a major driver for the policy proposals, which are contained in a new discussion document on phasing out fossil fuels in process heat published yesterday.Initial reporting of the proposals focused on the widely expected announcement of a...

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