Venture Taranaki explores the energy landscape in 2050


Regional development agency, Venture Taranaki, will host its second event in the Taranaki 2050 in Conversation series exploring what the energy landscape might look like 28 years from now. Taranaki 2050 in Conversation: Our Energy Landscape in 2050 will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at Mike’s Brewery, New Plymouth, or online using the zoom option.

“Taranaki has been recognized as an energy leader for generations, and as outlined in our Taranaki 2050 development strategy, we have the potential, skills and existing infrastructure to maintain this position, but on a broader level, it forces us all to adapt, think differently and work collaboratively,” said Anne Probert, Venture Taranaki’s Managing Director, Regional Strategy and Sectors.

Launched in 2019 following a co-creation process with our community, Taranaki 2050, in combination with the existing Tapuae Roa development plan, sets our region’s strategic direction for the future, working towards a vision of a high-value, low-emissions economy. based on inclusiveness and sustainability.

“Energy is one of our T2050 pathways, and through this event, industry experts and those interested will be able to connect with experts to accelerate and challenge their own thinking when it comes to energy. “The future of energy. The economy demands that we all make changes; from industry to consumer,” says Anne.

“We are delighted to welcome a team of energy and industry experts from Aotearoa to challenge some of our existing thinking, while encouraging us to identify the role we each need to play throughout of our transition to a low-emission economy, a high value-added economy,” says Anne.

The panel will discuss what everyday energy use might look like in 2050, asking thought-provoking questions such as, will we all drive electric vehicles, ride hydrogen trains or fly in electric airplanes. They will also look at the future energy mix, the materials, substances and ways we engage with energy, and some we might not even have considered yet, and how our lives and businesses could be powered. in the years to come.

Tuesday’s panel includes Air New Zealand’s Head of Sustainability Jacob Snelgrove, Professor Nicola Gaston, Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, and Amelia Rentzios, Young Energy Professionals and Head of Operations at Hiringa.

Jacob Snelgrove and his team are focused on future zero-emission aircraft technology. This work encompasses aircraft technology on hydrogen, battery and hybrid platforms, as well as understanding the enabling infrastructure required to support these future aircraft. Attendees will hear from Jacob as he explains how a large company in a hard-to-decarbonize industry is at the forefront of energy change.

Professor Nicola Gaston is excited about the prospect of positive change and keen to share her insights and helpful information with a Taranaki audience. “As a researcher, we see the immense potential of scientific research to help transition our energy systems, but as history has shown us, adopting technological solutions requires a change in behavior. It It is therefore important that the public is well informed and understands the pros and cons before new technologies are implemented, which is why getting together and having these conversations will be crucial for the successful adoption of new sustainable opportunities,” says Professor Gaston .

Amelia Rentzios, Young Energy Professionals, and Hiringa Energy look forward to discussing how we can leverage our existing strengths and capabilities, from traditional power generation, to become leaders in building a landscape. diversified energy.

“A tremendous amount of work has been done to both visualize and establish a plan for the Taranaki energy scene in 2050. It is important now to continue the conversation, both to ensure that people continue to learn and understand the role they can play in it, and to hold ourselves as a region and as an industry accountable for delivering on this plan.We are at a critical moment in the energy transition where words must become actions. Taranaki is in a unique position as we are already leveraging our resources and talents and scaling up to be at the forefront,” says Amelia.

“Everyone in our region is welcome and encouraged to attend this speaker series, so we encourage you to come join the conversation,” adds Anne.


Taranaki 2050 in Conversation: Our Energy Landscape in 2050 will be held on April 26 starting at 5 p.m. for light refreshments and networking. The event will officially start at 5:30 p.m. If you prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, this event and all events in the Taranaki 2050 in Conversation series will be available for you to attend in person or online using the zoom option.

Taranaki 2050 in Conversation is a Taranaki 2050 initiative and series of events that aims to spark thinking about the region’s next steps and generate conversation about Taranaki’s strategic and future direction, as well as offer practical tools that you can apply in your own business. .

You can also visit the Venture Taranaki website ( to learn more about our regional development strategies, Taranaki 2050 and Tapuae Roa.

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