Most New Zealand households will not see an increase in
electricity bills or petrol costs as climate change takes
effect in the coming years,
He Pou a Rangi, the NZ Climate Change Commission
Energy efficient electric appliances,
improvements in fuel efficiency, a shift to electric
vehicles and more public transport, walking and cycling,
will play an important role in meeting Aotearoa’s proposed
emissions budgets, the commission says.
Roderick Carr says climate change will significantly impact
on household bills, access to transport and how land use
changes could impact the communities of
“Most households would not see an increase
in electricity bills and petrol costs over the course of the
first three emissions budgets.
electric appliances, improvements in fuel efficiency, a
shift to electric vehicles and more public transport,
walking and cycling, will play an important role in meeting
our proposed emissions budgets.
“We want Kiwis to
consider how climate transition will have an impact on
household bills due to changing electricity and petrol
prices, on access to transport and the particular impact
land use change to forestry could have on Aotearoa
“Energy and petrol costs are key
expenses for households. We analysed the potential impact of
New Zealand’s proposed emissions budgets on household
bills, access to transport and health.
households could see a reduction in electricity bills and
transport costs, particularly if they switched to lower
emissions heating and transport.
“However, not all
households would benefit equally. For example, low income
households could struggle to access these technologies, even
though they would benefit the most from the cost savings and
“Targeted assistance would be
needed to ensure that low income households can access new
low emissions technologies and are not disproportionately
affected by the climate transition.
electricity bills vary from regions, electricity pricing
surveys show households in Kerikeri and the West Coast pay
more for electricity than the national average. There can be
as much as a 50 percent variation between regions,” the
commission report says.
Average household electricity
demand varies across Aotearoa and depends on climate
conditions, personal choice and whether the household uses
gas, electricity or wood to heat their homes. The average
household electricity consumption in Queenstown would be as
twice as much as it is in