Connect with confidence
If you’re connected to gas now or thinking about connecting, it’s worth knowing you can continue to connect to gas with confidence today; as we move towards a future energised with renewable and low or zero carbon gases.
Gas energy is here to stay, but it will be changing. We support Aotearoa’s drive toward a carbon-zero future for a better Aotearoa, and believe that innovative, new zero carbon future gases will see gas continuing to play an important role in our country's energy mix.
There is no ban on new gas connections from 2025The Climate Change Commission has not proposed a ban on new gas connections from 2025 but instead recommend the government sets a date, once a national energy strategy is developed and there is more clarity around the contribution future gases can make in decarbonising New Zealand’s energy supply.
In October 2021, the Ministry for the Environment released a discussion paper encouraging submissions to help shape the Government’s emissions reduction plan, Te hau mārohi ki anamata.
The gas you turn on is not being turned off
Natural gas will continue to be delivered to connected consumers until we’ve fully moved to new low and zero carbon gases. We envisage that future gases such as green hydrogen gas, biogas and bioLPG will start being introduced or blended with existing gases in the next 3-5 years.
Existing natural gas and LPG will continue to be delivered to consumers as the blends increase towards 100% future gases by 2050.
The government has stated that its work around the energy market’s ability to support the phase down of natural gas will consider affordability and equity impacts of transition for consumers, and implications for current gas infrastructure.