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There is no magic solution to higher oil prices but there are steps we can take right now to help everyone and prepare our nation.

Gearing-up Now

  • No imports of vehicles older than 7 years unless they meet stringent emissions and efficiency standards

  • A public information programme on likely timeframes and impacts of the end of cheap oil — printed information, a road show, and meetings with discussion. People need the best information available so they can make wise choices for themselves.

PLUS

  • Fuel Savers Reward — a "feebate" system for fuel efficiency
    The point at which we can best change New Zealand's fuel consumption for the future is the point where a vehicle is brought across the border.
    • For "New Zealand new and used import" cars, from now on: -
      • get a rebate on registration fees if your vehicle is more fuel efficient than the New Zealand fleet average for light vehicles;

      • pay more at each registration if you are less fuel efficient than average
    • Create an on-line searchable database for fuel-efficiency and other characteristics — as is already available in Australia (see www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au).

Gearing-up over the next three years

  • Begin a major programme to increase efficiency of electricity use, and production from renewables, so some electricity can be used for transport

  • Introduce vehicle emission standards, which will help phase out the worst of the existing vehicle fleet
  • In urban areas, prioritise investment in public transport, walking and cycling by shifting an additional $300m per year into these areas; implement the Green Transport plans for Auckland ("Getting There") and Wellington ("Ride the Wind")
  • In rural areas, protect local facilities (schools, hospital etc), encourage community biodiesel and biogas projects, and expand public transport in provincial areas.
  • Fix the backlog of maintenance on rail, and invest in upgrading the network to deliver a fuel efficient alternative to trucks; investment in electrification to break the link with oil;
  • Safeguard our coastal shipping capacity.

PLUS

  • Require all companies selling petrol and diesel in New Zealand to include a percentage of renewable fuel (eg biodiesel or ethanol) by 2008

  • Invest in communications infrastructure (eg broadband) so that virtual meetings are a real alternative to travel.

Gearing-up over the next 10 years

  • Education for sustainability in all schools, especially energy sustainability, so young people grow up understanding the issues

  • Match incentives for oil and gas exploration with incentives for the development of renewable energy
  • Set up an industry and government team for each sector of the economy (farming, tourism, forestry, fishing, manufacturing) to analyse key vulnerabilities and strengths and plan to reduce dependence on oil, for example: -
    • assess whether inputs can be sourced locally

    • look at how energy inputs can be reduced through efficiencies
    • examine whether production processes need to be changed
    • consider whether markets will still exist for products in the same form
    • analyse trading relationships and whether they are sustainable

PLUS

  • The Antipodes Cup — a race for fuel efficient shipping

    A competition for the most fuel-efficient New Zealand designed and built freight ship travelling to Australia and the South Pacific (and back) within a set time frame. Use the spur of a race in five to seven years to drive innovation in fuel-efficient shipping.

    Based on successful competitions to spur innovation, this takes a long-term view to pro-actively develop local technology.

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