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The role of electricity in decarbonising heat

Switching to electricity is often the answer to help decarbonise process heat. But how do we then deal with the carbon emissions from electricity use?

On Tuesday 8 December, Tim Middlehurst will be on a panel at the Decarbonising Heat conference in Auckland, run by Conferenz.

Electricity can often be a sticking point in an organisation’s zero carbon footprint. We’re used to the warm glow of knowing most of New Zealand’s electricity generation is renewable, but that still leaves nearly 20% derived from fossil fuels - and nearly 40% that generates carbon emissions. And the electricity market does not differentiate between those sources, providing the exact same supply mix to all users.

Until recently, organisations wanting to lower their Scope 2 emissions had to offset them or buy carbon credits. But energy certificates represent another way to reduce your Scope 2 emissions to zero.

At the conference, Tim will explain the options for decarbonising electricity that currently exist in New Zealand, and how energy certificates can help accelerate your low-carbon journey to meet your corporate goals and contribute positively to your brand story for consumers and investors.

Tim will be speaking alongside panel members from the Bioenergy Association, Kaitiaki Advisory, Sequal Lumber, and Kinleith Land and Infrastructure.

Decarbonising Heat will focus on the decarbonisation of industrial and process heating, exploring the available fuels, technologies and processes to determine the options and logistics of transition for more sustainable outcomes.

We’re also looking forward to hearing from other leading organisations during the two-day event, including Beca, Danone, DB Breweries, Fonterra, Oji Fibre Solutions, Synlait, and Transpower.

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