CategorySmart Systems

Rethinking Growth Part Two

Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad, or an economist –  Kenneth Boulding If you’ve read the NZ Productivity Commission’s milestone 2018 report Low-emissions economy, you’ll know it’s a widely-researched 600-page response to various climate imperatives.  Repeatedly, it flags population and economic growth as causes of rising greenhouse gas...

Rethinking Growth Part One

Under the banner The systems that got us here have failed, acclaimed business commentator Rod Oram recently shared his insightful stock-take on many things, and lamented,  Too often we can’t even agree a simple set of facts about a problem so our chances of solving it are minimal.  An intriguing example was last year’s public spat on RNZ between two economics big-hitters: Kate Raworth (of...

Building an electric fleet

Slowly but surely, New Zealand businesses are turning their minds to electrifying their fleets. Some are already on their way: in 2016, 30 of our biggest companies pledged to transform 30 percent of their vehicles to EVs by 2019. It hasn’t necessarily all been straightforward, however. This paper, ‘Building an Electric Fleet’, distils the experiences of a number of trail blazing New Zealand...

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...

The AA: Towards a More Efficient, Less Polluting, Transport System

There’s no beating around the bush. We know that cars produce emissions: transport as a sector produces nearly 20 percent of our country’s emissions, and private vehicles make up 12 percent of that, so we’re dealing with a significant chunk of CO2 and other nasty gases here. We also know that climate change is real, it’s happening and we need to change our behaviour to mitigate the effects and...

It’s the silence that gets you

It’s the silence that gets you first. Sit behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and you could be driving in an anechoic chamber (Google it – ‘the quietest place on Earth’). There’s no engine noise to speak of, just a serenity-inducing hum. But the case for EV ownership goes well beyond the driving experience. There’s also the boon of low running costs – equivalent to 30-cents-a-litre petrol...

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