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- Key policies that would be required to accelerate the transition to net zero emissions in the power sector include phasing out coal and gas from the sector within the next few years. New Zealand needs to reduce its power emissions intensity by 92% from 2017 levels by 2030 reaching 10g CO₂/kWh by 2030.
- To be consistent with a 1.5°C compatible pathway, New Zealand needs to transition to 100% renewable energy in the power sector by around 2030. This would require bringing forward the current 2035 target of 100% renewable electricity generation.
- New Zealand’s power mix was 68% renewable in 2017, mainly met through hydro power. Ramping up and diversifying its share of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures, while accelerating the electrification of other sectors, will be key to reaching 100% renewable generation.