Rockgas believes there are multiple ways to reduce emissions
We’re committed to helping New Zealand achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and we’ve been actively investigating the use of low carbon gas alternatives such as hydrogen, biogas and bioLPG in our network for the past two years.
It’s important to note:
We’re here for you
Rockgas is part of Firstgas Group, a group of businesses including Rockgas, Firstgas, Flexgas & Gas Services NZ.
Rockgas has been delivering LPG to Kiwis for over 80 years and is New Zealand’s largest LPG retailer, serving over 100,000 customers from a network of 34 outlets throughout the country.
Natural gas has been an energy source for Kiwis since 1970. Today Firstgas maintains 7,000km of gas pipeline assets, including the Maui Pipeline. These assets are critical to delivering gas safely and reliably to around 300,000 industrial, business and residential customers, every day.
Firstgas Group is investigating gas alternatives and the work so far shows that zero carbon gases such as biogas and hydrogen can be transported in the Firstgas pipeline network. We’ll keep you updated as we make progress on these initiatives.
Have your say
Your views are important, so if you would like to make a submission on what gas means to you please go to https://haveyoursay.climatecommission.govt.nz. Help us shape New Zealand’s gas future and make your submission before 28 March 2021.
For more information visit rockgas.co.nz. If you have any questions regarding your account with Rockgas, you can email us at email@example.com, or call us on 0800 762 542 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
CONSUMER Q & A
Q. I’ve heard that New Zealanders are being told gas won’t be available in four years. Is that correct?
The Climate Change Commission has released a draft report recommending steps for the country’s first emissions reduction budget. This includes a proposed ban on new gas connections in 2025. This does not mean the end of natural gas or LPG. We think a proposed ban on new connections is not the best way to incentivise a shift to lower carbon fuels, and that other approaches to reduce carbon in New Zealand homes and buildings would be more effective, while also preserving the value of New Zealand’s gas and LPG networks.
We’re confident gas will continue to be important energy source and carbon zero gas alternatives will be part of New Zealand’s low carbon future.
Q. What does that mean for my natural gas or LPG connection?
Right now nothing will change. You’ll still receive and be able to purchase natural gas or LPG just as you’ve always done. Firstgas Group is working with the government on a transition plan from natural gas and LPG to zero carbon gas, which means your gas connection and appliances will continue as usual.
Q. What about in the future?
We will continue to supply gas and gas services will continue for the foreseeable future, while the gas industry works with government to transition to renewable gas. It is our intention to provide hydrogen and biogas through our pipeline and distribution network, both options being zero carbon and therefore meeting emissions reduction targets.
Q. But I read in the newspaper that there will be no new connections after 2025.
This is not the case. You’ll still receive and be able to purchase natural gas and LPG as normal. Firstgas Group is working with the government on a transition plan from natural gas to zero carbon gas – like hydrogen and biogas, which means you’ll be able to use an emissions free fuel in the future in your home or business.
Q. I’m building a new home. Should I move away from gas?
Gas is still a viable option for any new build. Gas services (natural gas and LPG) will continue for the foreseeable future, while the gas industry works with government to transition to renewable, carbon zero gas. Globally, there are supplies of biogas and hydrogen already available to displace natural gas and LPG. The next step is to develop these options in New Zealand. New Zealand currently produces enough biogas to meet half of New Zealand’s domestic needs. We plan to scale that up and connect it to our network.
Q. What guarantees can you give me around my gas supply?
There will not be a wholesale “switch off” of gas. We’ll continue to work closely with the government to transition New Zealand’s existing gas supply to a zero carbon product. Your gas supply will continue through this transition. Even the Climate Change Commission’s advice includes an ongoing role for gas in the energy system out to 2050.
Q. I have Rockgas delivered. Will I still be able to get LPG
Globally, there are supplies of bioLPG already available. The next step is to develop this option in New Zealand either through imports or manufacture in New Zealand.
Q. I have Rockgas delivered. What alternatives will be available to me?
LPG will continue to be delivered to your door and this will not change. In the future your LPG will be replaced with bioLPG.
Q. If I install gas into my new build, what guarantees can you give me that gas will be a viable option in the future?
Gas is still a viable option in any new build. Gas services will continue for the foreseeable future, while the gas industry works with government to transition to renewable gas. Biogas and hydrogen we be able to flow through our gas pipeline network to supply homes and businesses.
Q. I need to replace my gas appliance (hob/Rinnai/etc). Do I need to move to electric?
Gas services will continue for the foreseeable future, and then there will be a transition to zero carbon, renewable gas. It will be possible to switch your appliances to these renewable fuels in the future. You do not need to move to electric.
Q. I’m building a new house and want to connect gas but it says no new gas connections after 2025. What do I do?
At this stage this is a draft proposal only and we are working closely with government on a transition plan to renewable, zero carbon gases. Firstgas Group is preparing a submission in response to the report that will explain our view on the role of gas and the need for continued investment in renewable fuels. This will mean that gas connections can continue as the gas will eventually be renewable, carbon zero and therefore meet the Climate Commissions’ targets.
Q. What if you don’t develop alternative gas in the future?
We’re committed to helping New Zealand achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and we’ve been actively working on low or zero carbon gas alternatives for our gas network for the past two years.
We’re made good progress with our own projects and a number of collaborations within the industry and results have been positive to date. We’re confident we’ll be able to transition to a renewable option, while balancing affordability and health and safety.
Q. If you do switch to renewable gas will it be more expensive?
A. One of our key priorities is to ensure that gas continues to be a cost effective, affordable energy solution. We think that preserving the option of gas also helps to avoid New Zealand becoming over-reliant on electricity, which faces its own affordability challenges in the years ahead.
Q. What will your submission say?
A. The submission we are preparing will explain our view on the role of gas and the need for continued investment. We will highlight that banning new gas and LPG connections is not the best way to incentivise a shift to lower carbon fuels, and that other approaches to reduce carbon in New Zealand homes and buildings would be more effective, while also preserving the value of gas and LPG networks.
Q. When will a decision be made?
A. The Commission is due to finalise its advice by 31 May and the Government has indicated that its decisions in response will follow later this year.
Q. How do I make a submission?
A. The Climate Change Commission’s draft recommendations are out for consultation until 28 March 2021. Your views are important, so if you would like to make a submission on what gas means to you please go to https://haveyoursay.climatecommission.govt.nz. Help us shape New Zealand’s gas future and make your submission before 28 March 2021.
Rockgas – A Firstgas Group Company
Rockgas is part of Firstgas Group. Our Vision is to lead the delivery of New Zealand’s energy in a changing world. Our mission is to safely and reliably deliver energy that’s affordable and accessible to Kiwi families and businesses. We’re really proud of this and of the important role we play in Kiwis’ lives.
Based in New Plymouth, Firstgas Group is an umbrella brand consisting of Rockgas, Firstgas, Flexgas and Gas Services NZ. Firstgas and Rockgas are consumer brands that supply LPG and natural gas to over 165,000 customers through their gas network of over 2,500km of high-pressure transmission pipeline and 4,800km of distribution pipeline in the North Island, 36 local LPG suppliers, and over 180 Refill & Save locations across New Zealand.
Flexgas and Gas Services NZ are energy storage, operations and maintenance brands who make sure gas can be delivered safely and continuously. Flexgas operate the Ahuroa gas storage facility in central Taranaki. Gas Services NZ provides operational and maintenance support to all gas infrastructure owners, including the Firstgas Group.
Rockgas is New Zealand’s largest LPG retailer serving over 100,000 customers from nine branches and a network of 27 franchises throughout the country.
We deliver 45kg bottles to homes for gas cooking, heating and hot water needs, as well as providing LPG tanks for business gas essentials.
BBQ 9kg bottles and LPG vehicles are also covered by Rockgas, with a network of more than 180 Refill & Save locations throughout New Zealand.
If you live in certain parts of Canterbury, Queenstown or Wanaka, we can pipe LPG straight to your property through our reticulated gas network
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The Firstgas Group, own and operate a network of pipelines, storage facilities, cylinders and vehicles that deliver natural gas, LPG, and gas services nationwide. You will get opportunities across our stable of leadership brands including Firstgas, Rockgas, Flexgas and Gas Services NZ.
As a leader in New Zealand’s energy sector we’re set on the future and exploring alternative energy sources that are sustainable, affordable, environmentally friendly and meet Kiwis energy needs in a changing world.
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