CategorySmart Systems

What the RUC?

Featured image credit – Ben Haggar //  The transport sector makes up about 20% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and rapid industry-wide reductions are crucial to achieve a sustainable net zero-emissions economy. It also represents one of the most difficult industries to decarbonize with steep technology cost hurdles and one of the most efficient incumbent fossil fuel supply...

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

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 world to a new climate character: the name’s ‘Brick’. Together, they explain why temporary CO2 emission reductions caused by COVID-19 will not slow down global warming — unless...

Innovation Policy 2.0 – Opportunities for an Economy at 2 metres

As the national election comes into view, we find ourselves once again in a 2 meter economy, and continue to rip through billions of dollars in public stimulus, depleting government coffers for the foreseeable time to come. It seems reasonable to assume that social distancing is likely here to stay. As it happens, we also happen to be putting in place the foundational building blocks of a...

Unexpected Reactions

First forays into the world of emerging contaminants Less than two years ago, before our attention was taken up by a global pandemic and recession, we were on a quest to rid New Zealand of single-use plastic. Micro-plastics were our common invisible enemy, now superseded by a virus. Every self-respecting café sold keep cups, restaurants on Wellington’s waterfront pledged to eliminate plastic...

Regenerative Agriculture and Food Waste

Regenerative agriculture has become a hot topic in New Zealand. At its core, regenerative agriculture is about shifting from a carbon intensive food system to a regenerative, carbon-negative food system.  While a number of definitions exist, the common focus seems to be on farming principles and practices that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve water quality and enhance ecosystem...

The Sartorial Skin You Are In Pt. 1

Part 1: The current state of the fashion industry. The word ‘fashion’ can evoke an elite clique of creatives to which ordinary clothes wearing people like you and me can feel excluded. But unless you are reading this in the nudey, and all power to you if you are, your clothes wearing self is part of the global clothing system. Fashion, far from being frivolous, is one of the largest and most...

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