Changes in our global climate have the potential to impact everyone throughout New Zealand and across the world. People are being called to take actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and a number are switching to electric vehicles (EVs).
With over 3 million EVs globally, the Central Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme aims for 64,000 EVs to be on New Zealand roads by the end of 2021.
But, are EVs really the way to go?
Lillian Pak, Hutt City Libraries Programme Development Manager, says that previous talks held in the library on the environment and climate change shows that public interest in electric vehicles is defnitely growing.
“People want to make informed choices when purchasing a car. They not only want basic information about how much they cost to buy and run, but they want to know about the environmental impacts, and the human rights considerations about their production.
“Our panellists will be looking at both the positives and negatives of EVs including EV production and end-of-life (product stewardship), the buying and driving experience, environmental benefits and concerns, human rights, and EV use in Lower Hutt.
“It should be a supercharged evening of discussion!”
Electric Vehicles: the positives and negatives
The Dowse Art Museum
Thursday 19 September, 6:30pm
- Julianne Leggott, Representative, Amnesty International New Zealand
- Sigurd Magnusson, Project Manager, Electric Van Fleet Trial and Charge Station Project, Foodstuffs
- Greg Nelson, Principal Advisor – Vehicle Strategy at NZ Transport Agency
- Greg Pollock, General Manager, Public Transport, Metlink
- Jörn Scherzer, Manager of Sustainability & Resilience at Hutt City Council
- Jason Stapp, Group Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Risk and Assurance, Callaghan Innovation
Panellists will all have the opportunity to speak before the floor is opened to questions. Thom Adams, Engagement Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Victoria University Wellington, will moderate the discussion.
More information on the panellists can be found in the Facebook event and the panel discussion will be livestreamed on the Hutt City Libraries Facebook page with a recording available after the event.