Older energy consultations and reviews
Our older consultations and reviews on energy-related issues.
Reviewing Aspects of the Engine Fuel Specifications Regulations 2011
Closed 30 October 2015
We administer the Engine Fuel Specifications Regulations 2011 which provide comprehensive fuel specifications for petrol, petrol/ethanol blends, diesel, biodiesel, and diesel/biodiesel blends.
There were 3 major amendments proposed in this review:
- To lower the sulphur level in petrol from 50 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg.
- To introduce a total oxygen limit of 3.7% and individual oxygenate limits for a range of alcohols and ethers. MTBE volumes would be restricted to the current effective limit of 1% volume (or possibly reduced to 0.5% volume)
- To raise the biodiesel limit in diesel from 5% to 7% by volume.
Consultation and related documents
Energy (Petroleum or Engine Fuel Monitoring Levy) Regulations 2015
Closed 25 August 2015
On 25 August 2015 we consulted on which fuels should be covered by the Petroleum or Engine Fuels Monitoring Levy (PEFML) and how the levy should be calculated. We received 7 submissions.
Following this consultation, the Government decided on the method for setting PEMFL rates to recover the costs of specified activities. We then consulted on the proposed parameters that would determine the levy rate to apply from 1 July 2016. No submissions were received.
The Energy (Petroleum or Engine Fuel Monitoring Levy) Regulations 2015(external link), which set out the PEFML rate came into force on 23 February 2016.
Oil security review 2012
In 2011 and 2012, we commissioned 3 studies into New Zealand’s oil security. The studies assessed 2 types of oil supply disruptions:
- domestic supply disruptions: disruptions to domestic supply chain infrastructure that result in supply shortfalls and fuel distribution problems
- international supply disruptions: disruptions arising outside of New Zealand that result in a spike in the global oil price resulting in damage to New Zealand’s economy.
In October 2012 we released a discussion paper for public consultation on a range of proposals to improve oil security in New Zealand. These proposals were developed based on the finding of the reports, and from discussions with stakeholders. Submissions closed on Tuesday 27 November 2012.