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'We hear you,' Govt tells worried manufacturers

31 Mar 21 - The country’s largest building company is calling for tariffs to protect local manufacturers from unfair competition from imports with higher carbon footprints – and the Government says it is listening.

Tyre burner cements in emissions cuts

30 Mar 21 - Greenhouse gas emissions at New Zealand’s only cement-manufacturing plant will be cut by 13,000 tonnes a year – and it’s all down to tyres.

Emissions 'return to normal', says Fletcher Building

17 Feb 21 - The country’s largest building company says emissions have returned to normal in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic shutdown.

Bill Gates warns that manufacturing could challenge climate goals

16 Feb 21 - Bill Gates exudes optimism in discussing the world's ability to tackle climate change – until he hits on manufacturing. About that, he is worried.

How steel might finally kick its coal habit

5 Feb 21 - An American company is experimenting with replacing coal with electrons to produce emissions-free steel.

Fletcher Building cracks Asia-Pacific DJSI

26 Nov 20 - One of New Zealand’s largest emitters has made it on to the Dow Jones Asia-Pacific Sustainability Index.

Net-zero and ‘passive’ houses can cut carbon emissions

24 Nov 20 - From the street, you wouldn’t be able to tell a net-zero or passive house from any other recently built home. Even from the inside, the only visible clues are thick walls and deep windowsills. Only if you looked at the utilities bill would you know.


Steel giant joins growing list of companies aiming for net-zero

13 Oct 20 - Luxembourg company ArcelorMittal produces more steel than any other company. It is also taking a leading role in developing technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from steel-making.

We're cleaning up on fossil fuels, says Unilver

4 Sep 20 - Unilever says it will invest €1 billion eliminating fossil fuels from its cleaning products.

World's first fossil-free steel pilot plant ready to go

2 Sep 20 - Global production of zero-emissions steel has taken a massive step forward, with a world-leading Swedish project completing the construction of a world-first fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå,...

Low-carbon alternative to concrete buildings

25 Aug 20 - Scientists have developed a method to 3D-print greener buildings using local soil that they say has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry.

CARBON CUTS: Smelter signals end of aluminium emissions

Stew Hamilton

9 Jul 20 - One of New Zealand’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters is closing operations in New Zealand, potentially cutting the country’s missions by more than 1.5 million tonnes a year.

Low-carbon cement the key, says GBC

6 Jul 20 - New Zealand’s only cement producer is calling on local and central authorities to help it persuade the construction sector to accept lower-emissions cement.

Abandoned waste lands smelter company in court

6 Jul 20 - The Environmental Defence Society is taking the operator of the Bluff aluminium smelter – one of the country’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases - to court over waste dumped in the old paper mill...

Coal companies want carbon price slashed

12 Jun 20 - Government decisions that have pushed carbon prices up 28 per cent in eight days of trading must be reversed, says the minerals industry.

Recyclable bricks and concrete the way of the future

Associate Professor Justin Chalker

26 May 20 - Bricks, concrete and other construction materials could one day be made from recycled PVC, waste plant-fibre or sand, thanks to a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer.

Free credits could be lifeline for Marsden refinery

24 Apr 20 - Free carbon credits could be worth $18 million a year for the Marsden Point oil refinery and in some years be the difference between profit and loss, Treasury says.

Refinery could get windfall carbon credits

22 Apr 20 - Bringing the Marsden Point oil refinery into the Emissions Trading Scheme could cost taxpayers money, Cabinet has been told.

Stretched officials making mistakes, say emitters

4 Mar 20 - Heavy industry is calling for a slowing of the Government’s climate programme in the face of what it says are dangerous errors in officials’ advice.


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