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Government changes mind and pushes for e-cars

Monday - The Government is promising to make a third of its car fleet electric by 2021 Ė despite saying last year that cash-strapped government departments couldnít afford to replace petrol cars, let alone buy more expensive electric cars.

THE COUNT: Jacinda has little effect

7 Aug 17 - New Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has mentioned climate change a couple of times in passing, but the greatest issue facing humanity has yet to make it into her formal speeches and statements.

To be sure, Ireland's long on words and short on action

28 Jul 17 - Thereís no shortage of good intentions in Irelandís climate plan, but they are too vague to cut emissions significantly.

Mayors demand English acts on climate change

25 Jul 17 - New Zealandís mayors want a national emissions reduction plan and a stocktake of the likely cost to the country of climate change Ė something Prime Minister Bill English has steadfastly rejected.

Officials work to cut shocking vehicle emissions

18 Jul 17 - Officials will put a plan to cut New Zealandís appalling transport emissions to the Government before the end of the year.

THE COUNT: James Shaw takes Greens into the lead

17 Jul 17 - Itís runs on the board this week for two leaders in The Count, our weekly tally of public statements about climate change by party leaders in the lead-up to the general election.

E-cars selling, but not enough to make a difference

11 Jul 17 - New Zealanders are buying electric vehicles in ďrecordĒ numbers, but they are not making a dent in the countryís greenhouse gas emissions.


LIFT-OFF: Hydrogen fuel reaches trial stage

3 Jul 17 - Using surplus electricity from renewables to make hydrogen fuel is starting a new era for all forms of heavy transport.

State should show the way, says bioenergy group

Brian Cox

29 Jun 17 - The Government needs to put its new energy efficiency strategy into place Ė and State-owned operations are the place to start, says the Bioenergy Assocation.

Cutting emissions would slow growth, officials claim

28 Jun 17 - The Government is dealing with criticism of its industrial emissions target by turning it into a bottom line instead of a goal.

Government keeps lid on Buller mining papers

22 Jun 17 - The Government is refusing to release briefing papers on proposed new coal mines on the Buller Plateau.

Government cripples cities' climate campaigns

20 Jun 17 - New Zealandís two largest cities are failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of the Governmentís lack of action on climate change, new research shows.

How KiwiRail decision bites into e-car benefits

19 Jun 17 - The climate benefits of half New Zealandís electric car fleet will be wiped out by the scrapping of electric train engines in favour of diesels, says an international sustainable energy expert.

OFF THE RAILS: Treasury tells of train troubles

14 Jun 17 - Treasury told its ministers that KiwiRailís decision to replace electric locomotives with diesels raised some significant matters, but it wasnít given enough time to assess the situation.

Port Nelson gets wine trucks off the road

9 Jun 17 - A project to improve the efficiency of freight in the Marlborough wine industry has seen the Port of Nelson cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1600 tonnes Ė and earned it a gong.

Search begins for best sustainable businesses

6 Jun 17 - Entries for this yearís Sustainable Business Network Awards are now open.

Road transport killing our clean-energy benefits

29 May 17 - The climate benefits of New Zealandís increasing use of renewable electricity generation are being wiped out by our love affair with road transport.

Food industry is cooking the planet

29 May 17 - One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

Drought brings drop in greenhouse gas emissions

26 May 17 - New Zealandís greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2015 - but only because a drought forced dairy farmers to cut production.


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