Paul Callister

AuthorPaul Callister

Paul Callister is a Kapiti based economist who has undertaken social and economic research on local, national, and cross-national issues for a wide range of public, private sector and voluntary organisations. Paul volunteers for three local Kapiti restoration groups, Nga Uruora, Whareroa Farm and Queen Elizabeth Park. He also co-ordinates the ‘Kapiti Mainland Island’, a predator control project involving over 2,000 hectares of land. Paul also run's a number of lizard conservation projects but that is a whole different story.

3/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles (Pt.1 & Pt.2).  Part Three – The Solutions Alternative aviation fuels In our first article we explored the climate change problem faced by the aviation industry and in the second we considered many of  the challenges we...

2/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Foggy Airport

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles. Part Two: The Challenge The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament in early May 2019. If passed into legislation, it will set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Agriculture...

1/3 – Can New Zealanders keep flying and reduce their carbon footprint?

Air New Zealand Wing

Paul Callister and Wallace Rae consider, one of New Zealand’s emissions elephants in the room – aviation – and share views in this series of three articles. Part One: The Situation We need to decarbonise New Zealand’s aviation industry and must begin now. In Europe plans are being developed with an aim of decarbonising aviation. In addition, there is ongoing investment in alternative...

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

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 small, but important, role in reducing New Zealand’s transport carbon footprint. It highlighted key factors which hinder greater use of this transport mode. A version of this article was then published on the Greater...

Is it time to update the Public Works Act?

When the Public Works Act 1981 was passed, few people would have anticipated future environmental and social challenges. These include the impact of climate change; the public desire for more native flora within and close to urban areas to increase biodiversity and sink carbon; the Predator Free 2050 goal; and a lack of affordable housing. It is now time to update this legislation so that the...

First World Travel, Third World Facilities

According to a report prepared by the American Union of Concerned Scientists ‘Motor coaches and trains are a carbon bargain’ .Their 2008 study notes that ‘a couple boarding a motor coach will cut their carbon nearly in half, compared with driving even a hybrid car. And if they take the motor coach rather than flying, they will cut their emissions by 55 to 75 percent, depending on the distance...

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