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Wave of civil disobedience could upset corporate balance sheets

26 Feb 24 - By Jeremy Rose | Companies ignoring the potential cost of protests, which could reduce the economic value of carbon intensive investments, are risking the future viability of their businesses, a former McKinsey & Company consultant is warning.

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...

16 Feb 24 - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: Christchurch Airport stops saying it is 'climate positive'; the real carbon footprint of starting a family; and why the Waitangi Tribunal is prioritising a hearing on climate change.

MfE lays out issues for new minister

13 Feb 24 - Environment officials’ briefings to incoming ministers are a guarded affair with the papers outlining issues and choices, including what the new government wants to do with resource management laws, water issues, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation.

Industry emissions up but GDP down

2 Feb 24 - New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions are up 3% for the September 2023 quarter, according to the latest data from Stats NZ.

Micro-EVs safer than motorbikes but less safe than cars

Micro-EVs safer the motorbikes but less safe than cars

22 Dec 23 - Allowing lightweight electric vehicles on our roads would make us a cleaner and greener country but could see an increase in fatalities, a Waka Kotahi report has found.

They thought they saw the future: it was a fantasy that turned ugly

22 Dec 23 - Jeremy Rose | In 1919 the American journalist Lincoln Steffens said of the Soviet Union: “I’ve seen the future, and it works.”


Relying on the invisible hand of the carbon market to reduce emissions

19 Dec 23 - By Jeremy Rose | The new government is in the process of incinerating every climate change mitigation policy other than the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Campaigners “alarmed” by lack of govt investment in rail infrastructure

18 Dec 23 - Rail campaigners say the government’s decision not to invest in critical rail infrastructure is potentially “disastrous,” and puts New Zealand’s social, economic and environmental future at risk.

Wellington emissions now below COVID lockdown levels

18 Dec 23 - Wellington’s emission are down by 10% since 2020 and 1% below the levels achieved during the Covid lockdowns of 2019.

Bill passed to repeal Clean Car Discount

15 Dec 23 - The Government has passed legislation repealing the Clean Car Discount, which it nicknamed the “Ute tax,” for all vehicles registered after 31 December 2023.

Climate Change Commission doubles down on ETS criticism

13 Dec 23 - The Climate Change Commission has doubled-down on its long held view that the ETS is not fit for purpose when it comes to driving down emissions, in its latest advice to government.

Climate friendly transport: Why Air New Zealand needs to get onboard with passenger rail

29 Nov 23 - By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan | Air New Zealand has a problem. The national airline needs to be profitable and, traditionally, this has involved increasing passenger numbers.

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...

Ministry for the Environment emissions up by 70%

17 Nov 23 - The Ministry for the Environments emitted 752.33 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in the 2022/23 financial year - a 69.84% increase on the previous year.

Majority of New Zealanders want public transport discounts to stay

16 Nov 23 - Press release - A new poll has found that 71% of New Zealanders want to keep the current public transport discounts. 50% strongly agree the discounts should be kept.

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...

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.

Former IPCC lead author calls for a “Go Slow” campaign

13 Oct 23 - By Jeremy Rose | Former IPCC lead author and internationally recognised transport emissions expert, emeritus professor Ralph Sims, is calling on Waka Kotahi to start a “Go Slow” campaign.


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