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BP among recipients of EECA low emission grants

Thursday - Fossil fuel giant BP is among the latest batch of recipients of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's Low Emissions Transport Fund.

Green building retrofit designed for extreme climate change

21 Dec 23 - An Auckland building has undergone a low-carbon retrofit to withstand extreme climate change, and more than 300 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill during construction.

Best by the rest...

1 Dec 23 - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: Helter smelter - the Tiwai Point dance begins again; the new government's climate plans include some surprises; and will reviving oil and gas exploration make NZ a ‘pariah’ state?

Call for incoming government to allow micro-cars on our roads

20 Nov 23 - By Jeremy Rose | Long-time micro-car advocate Toa Greening is calling on the incoming government to change road regulations to allow microcars - increasingly popular in Asia and Europe - on New Zealand roads.

Aotearoa could make a real impact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions internationally: Thomas Pogge

7 Nov 23 - By Jeremy Rose | The director of Yale University’s Global Justice Program, Thomas Pogge, says for a relatively small investment of, say, US$100 million, New Zealand could make a significant impact on cutting the greenhouse gas emissions of the developing world.

RB governor warns of climate change induced supply side shocks

3 Nov 23 - Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr has warned that climate change is likely to cause supply side shocks similar to those of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the COVID pandemic.

Power between the tracks

31 Oct 23 - The gap between New Zealand’s more than 4000 kilometres of rail tracks could one day be home to solar panels generating up to 0.78 terawatt hours of electricity or 3% of the electricity produced by hydropower last year.

Climate adaptation projects sometimes exacerbate the problems they try to solve – a new tool hopes to correct that

31 Oct 23 - By Ritodhi Chakraborty and Claire Burgess | When United States aid money was used to build a seawall on Fiji’s Vanua Levu island to shield the community from rising tides, it instead acted as a dam,...

Energy companies team up on windfarm ventures

27 Oct 23 - Manawa Energy is teaming up with Pioneer Energy on plans for a new 300 MW wind farm in South Otago, expected to cost $750m to $900m. And Meridian Energy and NZ Windfarms have agreed to a 50-50 joint...

Profitability of status quo standing in the way of renewable energy transition

27 Oct 23 - Lack of political leadership and an industry that profits from the status quo are standing in the way of the transition to renewable electricity, according to Octopus Energy chief operating officer...

Kiwi carbon capture company wins place in Bill Gates’ climate tech programme

26 Oct 23 - Christchurch carbon capture company Aspiring Materials has scored a place in Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ climate tech programme.

Sustainable Business Network calls on incoming govt to step up

18 Oct 23 - The Sustainable Business Network is calling on the incoming Government to keep up action on sustainability.

Climate action could boost Auckland economy by $22 billion by 2050

29 Sep 23 - Decisive climate action could deliver $22 billion to Auckland’s regional economy by 2050, while lack of action could cost the region $800 million over the same period.

Shell CEO under pressure from within on renewables shift

29 Sep 23 - Shell's CEO Wael Sawan has come under pressure over his strategy from within the energy company after two employees issued a rare open letter urging him not to scale back investments in renewable...

Outgoing EECA boss on energy efficiency policy

25 Sep 23 - Despite the rapid expansion of the Government’s retrofitting housing for energy efficiency, there is still easily five years of work at the current pace to make a serious dent in improving New...

Renewables are cheaper than ever yet fossil fuel use is still growing

21 Sep 23 - Wind and solar are the world’s fastest growing energy sources and together generated 12% of global electricity in 2023. The amount of energy produced by wind and solar is expected to increase and...

NZ’s climate emissions at historic low

20 Sep 23 - New Zealand is set to announce its lowest emissions this century, Climate Change minister James Shaw told the Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland yesterday.

Shining a light on the parties’ solar policies

20 Sep 23 - By Jeremy Rose | Labour and the Greens are both promising subsidies for rooftop solar, despite experts - including the Climate Change Commission chair - saying regulatory barriers and grid...

NZ green investment finance provides $15m debt facility to fund Lightyears Solar’s future farms

18 Sep 23 - Lightyears Solar has received $15 million from New Zealand Green Investment Finance to help finance construction of a pipeline of consented, ground-mounted solar farm projects.

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