CategoryNet Zero NZ

Our chance to lead

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made waves in the lead up to the 2017 election when she labelled climate change her generation’s ‘nuclear free moment’.    She’s right, of course. There’s never been a stronger moral imperative to tackle one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced. But taking action on climate change also presents enormous opportunities for New Zealand to build a thriving...

Steeled for change

“A day will come when the [Steel] industry has no choice but to reduce its emissions, and those not working on solutions will be shut out”, says Chris Bataille, energy policy consultant and researcher at the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). Steel and other metals refining industries must embrace innovation with regard to sustainability if they...

Let’s talk about cars

2018 should be a big year for climate mitigation in New Zealand as three factors converge: the potential for a Zero Carbon Act, continuously rising emissions and a growing sentiment for action from the public. To cut emissions we need to stop investing in fossil fuel infrastructure and invest instead in renewable energy infrastructure. While all countries struggle with this, Australia and the US...

What’s the point of looking for more gas?

Natural gas is claimed by the industry to be a “bridging fuel”, enabling the transition away from coal when moving towards the low-carbon economy of the future based mainly on renewable energy systems. In this expanded version of his recent op-ed Dr. Ralph Sims assesses whether we should be exploring for new natural gas resources with emphasis on the New Zealand situation. – ed The carbon...

Growing a biofuelled Aotearoa New Zealand

Treesel isn’t a word – yet. But tree diesel powering the country is within our reach according to the New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap, a new study by Scion bioenergy specialists. Increasing the use of biofuels in New Zealand will bring benefits. Our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced and it will be easier to meet international commitments such as the Paris Agreements, and New Zealand’s...

Scaling up climate finance

The climate crisis needs massive investment to change and reorient our economy away from fossil fuels. Our new government has set a goal to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050. Getting to zero is necessary to play our part internationally, and feasible as shown by the Vivid Economics report from the GLOBE Parliamentary group. It will also help restore our international reputation as a leader in...

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