IPEF Clean Economy Agreement
Water, Food, and Energy


The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Agreement relating to a clean economy provides a comprehensive approach to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable development. This document focuses on the references to water, food, and energy relevant to the plant that processes organic waste and converts it into valuable resources.


The agreement recognises the crucial role of sustainable water management in transitioning to clean economies. Key points include:

1. Sustainable Water Solutions and Ocean-Based Solutions

The agreement highlights the need to accelerate action to promote sustainable water and ocean-based solutions with appropriate social and environmental safeguards.

It also emphasises the importance of fresh water in climate change mitigation and adaptation, recognising that sustainable water management is essential for efforts towards climate resilience.

2. Water-Related Climate Solutions

  • Controlling water pollution

  • Improving wastewater management and treatment

  • Enhancing circular systems of reusing and recycling water

  • Strengthening water governance and water resources management

  • Protecting and restoring water-associated ecosystems

  • Encouraging investment in sustainable water-related infrastructure.


The IPEF Agreement stresses the importance of sustainable agricultural practices and their contribution to clean economies:

1. Sustainable Agricultural Practices

  • Enhancing agricultural productivity growth through practices resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions

  • Supporting global food and water security

  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change.

  • Promoting climate-smart and resilient agriculture as an element of clean economy transitions, including adopting practices and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water efficiency, and support innovative research.


The agreement outlines several initiatives to promote clean and sustainable energy solutions:

1. Clean Energy Transition

  • Advancing low-greenhouse-gas technologies and solutions in industrial and transport sectors

  • Promoting clean energy sources, including low- and zero-carbon hydrogen hubs.

2. Energy Efficiency and Conservation

  • Utilising energy performance standards and labelling schemes to increase public awareness of energy efficiency

  • Advancing performance standards and building codes to reduce energy consumption

  • Promoting energy efficiency in large energy-consuming commercial clusters.

3. Hydrogen Ecosystem Development

  • Supporting the development of mutually recognized emissions accounting methodologies for hydrogen

  • Encouraging investment in hydrogen technologies and infrastructure​

Relevance to Alimentary Systems

The IPEF Agreement's focus on sustainable water, food, and energy solutions aligns with the goals and operations of Alimentary Systems Limited (ASL). Here’s how:

1. National Impact of the BRRP

  • The Biosolids Resource Recovery Project (BRRP) provides a cost-effective solution for reducing gross emissions, with a significantly lower cost per CO2e than current costs. This aligns with ASL’s goal of reducing emissions through innovative waste processing.

  • The NZ government’s carbon credits from waste-to-value projects highlight the potential for ASL to contribute to and benefit from national and international carbon markets.

2. Global Benefits

  1. The IPEF Agreement supports reducing NZ’s financial burden to meet nationally determined contributions through mechanisms like the UN Digital Public Good National Carbon Credit Registry. ASL’s operations can contribute to these national goals.

  2. The potential to unlock $1.28 billion in global impact funding for clean water infrastructure in the Pacific Islands aligns with ASL’s interest in expanding its impact in the region.

3. Clean Energy and Soil Health

  • ASL’s process of converting organic matter into methane aligns with the IPEF’s clean energy initiatives. Energy self-sufficiency and the reduction of imported fuels are significant advantages.

  • The production of fertiliser byproducts rich in organic nitrogen and phosphorus supports local food security and reduces reliance on fossil fuel-based fertilisers.

Linkages to New Zealand MFAT and Trade Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

The agreement aligns with New Zealand's objectives to support sustainable development and clean energy initiatives. Collaboration through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework can enhance the development of sustainable solutions for water, food, and energy:

1. MFAT's Role

  • Facilitating international cooperation on sustainable development initiatives

  • Promoting investment in clean energy projects in the Indo-Pacific region

2. Trade Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

  • Strengthening trade relations and promoting sustainable economic growth

  • Supporting initiatives for clean energy and sustainable agricultural practices through regional cooperation


The IPEF Agreement provides a robust framework for addressing water, food, and energy sustainability, aligning with the goals of Alimentary Systems Limited in processing organic waste and converting it into valuable resources. Collaborating with New Zealand MFAT and leveraging the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework can further enhance these initiatives, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Please refer to the document sections on water solutions, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy transitions for further details and specific sections from the IPEF Agreement. 


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