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Rich investors call on G20 leaders to ratify Paris

Thursday - A group of 130 institutions that control $13 trillion of investments have called on G20 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement this year and accelerate investment in clean energy and forced disclosure of climate-related financial risk.

It's official, King Coal has been dethroned

Wednesday - This is the worst year in decades for US coal. During the first six months of 2016, US coal production was down a staggering 28 per cent compared to 2015, and down 33 per cent compared to 2014.

Energy breakthrough could save billions

Wednesday - Engineers have developed a new way to separate chemicals that could drastically cut the energy required to make fuels or synthetic polymers.

Musk wants to build entire roofs of solar panels

Elon Musk

Tuesday - A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions.

Sugarcane waste takes on new powers

Tuesday - Sugarcane waste is to be turned into power in new biomass plants in the Philippines.

Are our computers chewing up the power supply?

22 Aug 16 - Switch off your computer, dust off your old typewriter, sharpen all the pencils you can find, lay in stocks of postage stamps − and that’s just the start.

Welcome to the world of the community solar farm

18 Aug 16 - A growing number of consumers are buying into community solar farms that allow renters and apartment dwellers to access renewable energy produced on neighborhood plots.


Nordic countries could inspire EU bioenergy

18 Aug 16 - The experience of sustainable forestry management in Sweden and the other Nordic countries could serve as an inspiration for the EU when it draws up sustainability criteria for biomass.

Renewables up 70% in G20 countries

17 Aug 16 - New figures have shown that renewable energy generation in the world’s 20 major economies has increased by 70 per cent in the past five years.

LA switches on to virtual power plants

17 Aug 16 - Los Angeles area utilities are starting to turn to the new concept of “virtual power plants”.

UK to build largest offshore wind farm

17 Aug 16 - The giant Hornsea Project Two wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire is on track to become the world's largest offshore wind project.

Fonterra manager wins energy plaudits

Linda Thompson

15 Aug 16 - Fonterra energy manager Linda Thompson has been named Young Energy Professional of the Year 2016 at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

Wind covers Scotland's electricity needs for a day

12 Aug 16 - High winds recently boosted renewable energy output to provide 106 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs for a day.

Swiss pioneer new way of storing energy

11 Aug 16 - A pilot project is developing a new system that stores electricity in the form of compressed air in the Swiss Alps.

Renewable electricity hits 90% mark

Benmore power station

10 Aug 16 - New Zealand has hit its target of 90 per cent renewable electricity production this year.

RIGS TO REEFS: Should we leave oil platforms alone?

10 Aug 16 - The global offshore oil and gas industry has installed a wide variety of infrastructure throughout our oceans, including tens of thousands of wells, thousands of platforms and many thousands of...

Christchurch office wins 5-star rating

9 Aug 16 - Insurance company IAG and property investor Goodman have been awarded a 5-star NABERSNZ whole-building rating for their Christchurch office.

Can Tesla go from sexy cars to clean energy?

Elon Musk

9 Aug 16 - Elon Musk, who tapped into branding magic at Tesla Motors when he built electric cars that are stylish and drive fast, is now looking to get into the bigger and less-sexy realm of sustainable energy,...

Giant Amazon dam fails environment test

8 Aug 16 - Plans to build a giant hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest have been halted by Brazil’s environmental protection agency because of mounting concerns about the fate of indigenous...


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Child labour not for us, says Karen Walker

Karen Walker

12 Aug 16 - Kiwi clothing designer Karen Walker has certified that none of its garments are...

Farm trust honours regional winners

8 Jun 16 - Supreme winners from the 11 regions participating in the 2016 Ballance Farm...

Canon offers prizes to environmentalists

7 Jun 16 - Canon New Zealand’s 2016 Environmental Grants Programme is open.

School gets first Powerwall battery

16 May 16 - New Zealand’s first Tesla Energy Powerwall battery has been switched on at a...

Small meat producer wins help from the experts

28 Apr 16 - A specialist pork and beef producer has won a nationwide competition to have...

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