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Tech’s role crucial in driving emissions reduction efforts

Industry voice NZTech, today announces the launch of a new report, Technology for Emissions Reduction: A framework for Aotearoa’s Climate Technology Roadmap

The report sheds light on the crucial role of tech in driving emissions reduction efforts and is being launched by the Hon Simon Watts, Minister of Climate Change at an event at Spark’s Innovation Studio in Auckland today.

“As we navigate the complexities of climate change, embracing a diverse range of technologies is becoming increasingly important. Tech can contribute to reducing emissions, promoting sustainability and driving economic growth. However our research shows a clear need for a climate technology roadmap that integrates tech and the country’s emissions reduction objectives,” says NZTech CEO Graeme Muller.

“That is why we have been working alongside Government and industry to create a framework for a Climate Technology Roadmap – to ensure the benefits technology can bring to this challenge are integrated into sector-based plans, and that the tech sector itself has the right foundations in place to ensure it can continue to play this critical enabling role.”

“The role of technology in sustainability is vast and cannot be overstated. It ranges from basic connectivity, through to digital technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), extending to ClimateTech and biotechnology.”

“As an example, digital technologies like data analytics and AI systems can enable better energy management, while IoT can help us monitor activities in our natural and built environments, enabling us to make the right interventions at the right time. ClimateTech includes a diverse range of technologies from electric vehicles (EVs) to renewable energy storage systems to low-carbon cement, while biotech solutions have wide applications in agriculture and waste management. Tech has an important role to play across every aspect of sustainability.” 

This report signifies further commitment from NZTech to work with industry, Government and other partners to deliver a sustainable future through tech innovation.

“New Zealand may find it needs to pay billions of dollars before 2030 to meet our international commitments if we do not reduce emissions faster.”

“This report highlights multiple areas where tech should be enabling New Zealand’s climate strategy, and demonstrates the necessity of a climate technology road map.”

“It also shows that the tech itself is just one part of the equation. To realise the benefits of technology, we must also ensure the appropriate enablers are in place, including skills, capital, uptake and industry partnership.”

“This is also a significant economic growth opportunity for New Zealand with ClimateTech now valued at $20 billion globally and projected to reach $100 billion by 2030, and a climate tech roadmap will provide the signal for increased private sector investment,” says Graeme Muller.

Technology for Emissions Reduction: A framework for Aotearoa’s Climate Technology Roadmap was published with support from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and EMployment (MBIE), the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), the Climate Change Chief Executive’s Board, and Spark New Zealand.

REPORT EMBARGOED UNTIL 5.00pm Thursday 11 April

Technology for Emissions Reduction: A framework for Aotearoa’s Climate Technology Roadmap.


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