blog 10 Year Energy Research Agenda for NZ Upcoming discussion <p>NERI is about to release a Scoping Paper for a 10 Year Energy Research Agenda for NZ.</p> <p>Changes are occurring in the global energy sector and these are having significant economic, environmental and social impacts.  Concern over the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) from fossil fuels is one, but changes are also arising from forces such as new technologies, changing use patterns, and global aspirations for improved well-being and with this increasing demand for energy.</p> <p>These changes along with some unique energy issues of our own are creating both risks and opportunities for NZ.</p> <p>The less complex shorter-term impacts should be adequately managed and adapted to by NZ in the normal course of events.  But investment in high quality well directed applied energy research will be needed to help us respond to the longer-term more uncertain and complex risks and opportunities. </p> <p>That then poses the question: <em>what research should NZ invest in, and to what level?</em> </p> <p>To answer requires a systematic assessment of what the relevant impacts are likely to be on NZ; where NZ research might help; and what the returns might be.</p> <p>Such an assessment is currently not available for NZ, although it exists in other jurisdictions.</p> <p>NERI in representing energy research providers in NZ has a strong interest in seeing a clearer NZ energy research agenda.  It is therefore starting the process of setting such an agenda by producing a soon to be released scoping paper and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">seeking input into it from interested parties</span>.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:26:56 -0400