Smart Systems

Worldclass New Zealander and global green cities expert, and associate Director with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Dr Nigel Jollands, walks us through some of the ingredients of smart systems and how they can be operationalised (and invested in) to tackle our biggest challenges.

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Community Solar Unlocks the Abundant Renewable Energy for Everyone

By Andy Booth13th of August 2018

New York has recently announced its largest community solar project is now on line. This investment in sustainability and the future has made clean, locally generated solar available to renters,…

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Gear change:
Getting a grip on the fact(s)

By John Lang28th of January 2021

In advance of the Climate Change Commission laying out its decarbonisation advice for the next 15 years, there’s one fact that stands out. New Zealand’s journey to net zero CO2…

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‘The name’s Brick’ – COVID-19 and Climate Change

By John Lang7th of September 2020

Despite the rumours, pandemic-caused restrictions have not been a ‘temporary reprieve’ or ‘silver lining’ for climate change.  In this infographic, Kiwi science communicator and climate expert John Lang introduces the…

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Work of science to work of art: a visual explanation of the IPCC’s latest special report on the ocean and cryosphere

By John Lang21st of October 2019

To save you the hassle, John Lang has done the heavy lifting on last month’s IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC). In succinct, but typically striking fashion,…

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Climate change can be a catalyst for positive change

By Andrew Caseley10th of September 2019

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) chief executive Andrew Caseley explains why it’s important to sow the seeds of hope when it comes to climate change – and how…

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Comparing apples with apples to achieve consistent carbon footprint calculations

By Dr Barbara Nebel9th of September 2019

The Carbon Footprint Standard is one year old In August 2018, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published the first standard for carbon footprinting of products: ISO 14067:2018. On the…

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Let’s talk traffic – lessons for Queenstown from Oslo

By Alexa Forbes8th of March 2019

Many in Queenstown envisage a relatively car free town centre – see the Town Centre Master Plan – to allow maximum room for, and better quality experience of interaction, business…

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The Southern Initiative: making every dollar work harder for social good

By Tania Pouwhare20th of November 2018

The following provocation by Tania Pouwhare forms one part of Financing the Future, our dynamic content project exploring the market opportunities for impact investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project is…

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Creating the Future, Not Preventing It

By Dr Barbara Nebel2nd of October 2018

“Environmental efforts that look to make things less bad will ultimately fail, because less bad is not good enough.” This was just one of world renowned Professor Michael Braungart’s thought-provoking…

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Space: the Final Frontier. Smart cities as urban ecosystems

By Nancy Golubiewski8th of May 2018

Not so long ago, I gave an invited keynote presentation to an annual meeting of ICT professionals, themed “Shaping the future, leading the change”.   A somewhat daunting task for…

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Long-distance Buses: Cleaner and Greener but could do Better

By Paul Callister20th of April 2018

Just over a year ago, Pure Advantage published an opinion piece entitled First World Travel, Third World Facilities. In it, I argued that the long-distance bus industry could play a…

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