Introduction- New Zealand is a country that likes to claim it has clean and green to international

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Introduction- New Zealand is a country that likes to claim it has clean and green to international communities across the globe. It shows the world its many endemic species and has many measures laid to attempt to protect them and their natural environment. New Zealand is a relatively small country with a population of 4 million. Due to its small size it must import oil and other materials for production but as cost for materials are continually increasing on the global market while supply is lowering New Zealand is attempting to become more self sufficient. In 2008 the labour led New Zealand government set a goal for energy consumption to be 90% renewable by 2025. There are multiple forms of renewable energy and New Zealand is in a unique…show more content…
Identify and briefly discuss the main driver/s which cause the issue- Reducing our dependence on imported coal and oil is a key driving factor behind the switch to renewable energy. Increasing prices of coal and oil are provoking countries worldwide to a more change to a more reliable and greener source of energy production. Burning of fossil fuels release carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. The accumulation of these gasses in the upper atmosphere acts as a blanket trapping heat in the atmosphere which is usually lost over time. In 2001 the Huntley Power Station released 3.26 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere while producing energy for the national grid while burning a coal fuel source. Research what is being done in the Waikato Region by relevant agencies to plan for and manage this environmental issue- Hydro In 1919 the New Zealand government purchased a privately owned and run dam as a national control on electricity. Another dam was built in 1929 to assist in power generation. These power stations supplied Auckland, the bay of plenty and Rotorua as well as Waikato itself. Growing need for electricity led to a large increase in dam construction during the mid to late 1900's. Today Hamilton gains most of its electricity requirements from the Waikato river, today 8 hydroelectric dams span along the 425km river. Hydroelectricity supplies up to 70% of all

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