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Solar and battery use continues to rise

Monday - Solar generation and battery storage are rising rapidly according to analysts.

Watts unveils five-point climate strategy

10 Jul 24 - Climate change minister Simon Watts this morning announced a strategy of “five core pillars” to deliver climate change goals.

How much impact could past choices have on our emissions profile?

8 Jul 24 - By Robert McLachlan | New Zealand's CO2 emissions could have gone down 25% since 1990 - instead of up 25% - if we'd chosen to do things that other countries were already doing.

Right to Repair Bill could cut hundreds of thousands of tonnes of emissions

4 Jun 24 - A Right to Repair member's bill currently before Parliament could slash more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over 15 years based on European research.

Hutt City Council announces low carbon acceleration fund recipients

28 May 24 - Media release | Five organisations with a keen eye for reducing their emissions have been given the green light on their reduction initiatives.

Improving buildings could save NZ almost $40 billion

20 May 24 - Media release | Improving buildings could slash emissions equivalent to taking half our country’s petrol cars off the road.

Farms could be the backbone of Aotearoa’s renewable energy future

17 May 24 - If each of New Zealand’s 50,000 farms installed a midsize solar array they would generate about two-thirds of the country’s current electricity needs.

Govt looking at policy to restrict forestry in the ETS: Watts

7 May 24 - By Liz Kivi | The government is looking at complementary policies around land use to restrict forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme, rather than making changes directly to the scheme.

Kiwi company aims to make alternative protein from carbon emissions

6 May 24 - A New Zealand-based start-up has raised $1 million towards commercialising production of an alternative protein made with carbon emissions.

Vanuatu tops sustainable wellbeing index

6 May 24 - Vanuatu has been declared the country that comes closest to achieving sustainable wellbeing in this year’s Happy Planet Index.

New $100m ‘green’ industrial development for Auckland

2 Apr 24 - A $100 million industrial complex under construction in Auckland will incorporate low-carbon concrete and rainwater harvesting as well as generating its own solar electricity.

Offshore wind could create 10,000 jobs and add nearly $50b to GDP - study

20 Mar 24 - Developing an offshore wind energy industry will play a critical role in helping Aotearoa meet rising demand for clean energy as well as net zero commitments, according to a new study released today.

It’s now cheaper for Kiwis to go fully electric

18 Mar 24 - New Zealand is one of the first places in the world where electric appliances and vehicles are now more affordable than their fossil fuel equivalents, according to a new report.

Govt should have considered climate impacts of EV road user charges

13 Mar 24 - The government should have done a climate impacts assessment on its proposed road user charges for electric vehicles, with the new charges likely to lead to a significant increase in carbon...

Canned govt fund delivered emissions reductions at half current carbon price

5 Mar 24 - By Vernon Small | The effective price the government paid for carbon emissions through the GIDI fund was about half – or less – than the current NZ unit spot price of $66.05.

BP among recipients of EECA low emission grants

22 Feb 24 - Fossil fuel giant BP is among the latest batch of recipients of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's Low Emissions Transport Fund.

Best by the rest...

8 Dec 23 - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: COP28’s first Health Day points to what needs to change in NZ; Protecting climate refugees is more urgent than ever; And...

NZ signs up to US-led clean energy framework

21 Nov 23 - New Zealand is one of 14 countries in the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) that agreed to two more "pillars" of the initiative last week, covering cooperation on clean energy and...

Kiwi entrepreneur takes aim at plastic and carbon pollution from the global beverage industry

15 Nov 23 - Brianne West, founder of the hugely successful plastic-free beauty brand Ethique, is launching a new company aiming to stop the production of millions of single-use plastic drink bottles every year.

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