Auckland Harbour Bridge lights up for World Energy Day

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Vector Lights will illuminate Auckland Harbour Bridge next week to celebrate World Energy Day and our nation’s ongoing journey towards a net zero carbon future by 2050. 
  
Every year on 22 October, World Energy Day raises awareness of global energy-related issues and the need to encourage choices that promote energy efficiency and conserve natural resources.

Over two nights, the Vector Lights show will challenge your thinking about how we consume electricity – and what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon emissions and ensure a sustainable and secure energy future for the next generation.

Over the last year, there has been a growing sense of urgency around climate change, with several councils in New Zealand declaring climate change emergencies. While 84 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity generation is from renewable sources, only 12 per cent of our total energy supply is zero-carbon, up slightly from 11 per cent in 2018

“As a nation we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving zero-carbon, but Vector is working with like-minded companies to innovate in the sector,” said Vector Group CEO, Simon Mackenzie.

“One of the obvious opportunities in front of us is the electrification of transport. At Vector, we are continuing to prepare our network for the integration of EV chargers in light of the Government’s recently announced clean vehicle ‘feebate’ scheme, which makes it almost certain that New Zealand’s 15,000-strong EV fleet – more than 40% of which is on Auckland’s roads – will expand considerably. 

“Supporting the electrification of transport is just one of many initiatives underway and the wider collective desire for change and innovation is exciting.”

Vector Lights is a ten-year partnership between Vector and Auckland Council. Powered by a mix of solar and battery systems, Vector Lights enhances the iconic nature of Auckland Harbour Bridge in a visual and creative way.  
 
“Vector Lights is a great way to share with Aucklanders how new and emerging energy technologies can play a huge role in shaping the future of our industry to make electricity networks more efficient, reduce carbon emissions, and ensure our infrastructure can keep pace with rapid Auckland growth,” concluded Mr Mackenzie.

Key details: 
Vector Lights celebrates World Energy Day with a sustainable light show exploring New Zealand’s carbon-free energy future.

Dates: Monday 21 October – Tuesday 22 October
Timing: Approximately 8pm onwards 

The World Energy Day show will be accompanied by an audio narration, which can be accessed via Vector’s website and Facebook page. 

Information about Vector Lights, including show times and best viewing points around the city is available at https://vector.co.nz/lights. 

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