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Tiwai halves free credits, but still pockets $5m

Monday - Tiwai Point aluminium smelter owner New Zealand Aluminium Smelters last year received just half the number of free carbon credits it got the previous year.

China’s carbon count is not as high as feared

Monday - The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10% less than previously thought.

Renewables raise challenge to coal in power league

Monday - Wind, solar and other renewable sources of clean energy are now second only to coal in generating the world’s electricity.

Time to tap an underused energy source: wasted heat

Monday - Millions of people worldwide can’t afford to keep their homes warm, but few realise the heat wasted in our energy system could provide the answer.

Contact to close gas-fired Auckland plant

17 Aug 15 - The 400MW Otahuhu B gas-fired power station will close from the end of next month.

Clouds gather over China’s solar power industry

17 Aug 15 - The recent turmoil in China’s stock market has sent shockwaves through the country’s corporate sector, including its mighty solar power industry which in recent years has grown to dominate the world market.

Wind and solar surge sends EU emissions tumbling

17 Aug 15 - Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling fast, mainly because of the rapid spread of the wind turbines and solar panels that are replacing fossil fuels for electricity generation.


Clean Power Plan will have a real impact

17 Aug 15 - The United States Government’s recently announced Clean Power Plan will have a negative impact on the country’s coal industry, with the potential loss of up to 60 Gigawatts of coal power capacity by...

India lets loose the reins of its energy horses

17 Aug 15 - India’s “seven horses of energy” electricity sector transformation is gathering pace, with far-reaching ramifications for renewable energy development and the structural decline of seaborne thermal...

Why coal commitment will cost Fonterra dearly

Protesters give Fonterra a message.

10 Aug 15 - Fonterra’s determination to keep using coal is exposing it to future high carbon costs, an international energy expert is warning.

Revolutionary fence is set to trap the sea’s power

How the rotor blades look installed in a tidal fence configuration.

10 Aug 15 - A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines that can operate in shallower and slower-moving water than current designs.

Chinese ride to the rescue of Europe’s nuclear industry

Olkiluoto nuclear power station in Finland, where a new reactor is already nine years late.
Photo Credit: kallerna via Wikimedia Commons

10 Aug 15 - The Chinese are planning to come to the rescue of a European nuclear industry so short of money that it cannot build any new stations without outside help.

Why Tiwai stands between us and 100% renewable energy

Belinda Storey ... price cut $100m.

3 Aug 15 - New Zealand could have 100 per cent renewable electricity generation within a decade if the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter closed.

Caygill sets out on new energy mission

David Caygill ... energy job.

3 Aug 15 - Former Finance Minister David Caygill is to chair the BusinessNZ Energy Council – a group of energy companies whose mission is to secure a sustainable energy future for New Zealand.

Fossil fuel industry still winning the investment war

Campaigners try to make their voices heard at a fossil fuels disinvestment march in Ireland.

3 Aug 15 - The campaign to convince investors not to use their money to support the extraction and use of fossil fuels is failing to gain enough converts, experts say.

Good practice makes perfect sense for emissions cuts

China’s installation of renewable energy sources such as wind farms is a promising development in climate policy.

3 Aug 15 - European researchers investigating ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the internationally agreed safety level have arrived at the good news that we can just about achieve it – provided all...

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

local government, city residents can actually address poor air quality, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

27 Jul 15 - The visit last week of 65 mayors to the Vatican to discuss climate change, among other things, reflects the central role of cities in debates that for too long took place only at the global and...

Norway pumps up 'green battery' plan for Europe

Dams create huge reservoirs for hydropower plants in Norway.

27 Jul 15 - Norway is hoping to become the “green battery of Europe” by using its hydropower plants to provide instant extra electricity if production from wind and solar power sources in other countries fade.

Big money in reforming fossil fuel subsidies

27 Jul 15 - Reforming fossil fuel subsidies could release enough money to finance universal access to water, sanitation, and electricity in many countries, as well as helping to cut global greenhouse-gas...


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Green Star rating widens field

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Canon opens grants programme

8 Jun 15 - Canon New Zealand is calling for not-for-profit organisations and schools...

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Artificial grass goes green

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Bank's Auckland office wins green accolade

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