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Z Energy to build 5 MMgy biodiesel facility in New Zealand

By Ron Kotrba | April 15, 2014

This month, the mayor of New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, welcomed an announcement by Z Energy of the company’s plans to invest $21 million in a 20 MMly (5.3 MMgy) biodiesel production facility. Z Energy, headquartered in Wellington, says it plans to use tallow as feedstock for its new plant, using about 10 percent of the country’s inedible tallow production.

Wade-Brown says the announcement heralds a reduction in New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels and will help the country address climate change concerns.

“Cities, countries and [corporations] all have a role to play in ensuring the world addresses very real climate change concerns,” she said. “It’s great to see local company Z Energy leading new energy sources and developing a green economy for New Zealand. In light of the recent IPCC report, on the severity and costs of adaptation to climate change, we need to support innovation from Z and others in the business community toward a low-carbon future for New Zealand. In addition to having more efficient vehicles on the road, fuel switching to biofuels, hybrids and electric vehicles will be essential to help us achieve the emissions cuts recommended by the IPCC. As production expands, we will take opportunities to work with Z on Wellington’s future fuel picture, including the civic fleet and Wellington’s bus network.” 

 

 

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  1. Jeff Rola

    2014-04-16

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    The time and distance between an announcement and biodiesel in the tank, can be significant. I believe Z Energy acquired the assets of Biodiesel NZ when it folded a few years ago. Biodiesel NZ could not survive without substantial production support from a program of the New Zealand government that ended in 2011, I believe. How will Z Energy avoid the same fate?

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