These two independent reports consider the potential effects of emerging technologies on the New Zealand economy, and any associated regulatory implications. These are independent reports commissioned by the Ministry, and do not necessarily represent government policy.
The study is in two parts:
The literature review examines published analysis on six emerging technologies: biotechnology, nanotechnology, chemistry, information and communications technology, waste management, and clean energy. The report covers research that may offer economic opportunities in New Zealand industry sectors, or introduce changes in risk management that has implications for improving the way we manage environmental or public health risks. Significant recent trends and developments are highlighted for each technology.
The second report examines how a number of relatively new technologies might impact on New Zealand’s economy. It applies scenario and quantitative modelling to four technologies, assessing their possible impacts on New Zealand’s economy, public health, and environment.
The models in the research are purely illustrative and are not forecasts of actual impacts, as the scenarios are subject to very specific assumptions. While these assumptions are based on the best available estimates in the literature, they are subject to a considerable degree of uncertainty. Therefore, the simulation results are able to provide only a general picture of the potential economic impact on specific sectors or activities.
Last updated: 20 February 2012