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EV owners plug in to help to avoid blackouts

Friday - Electric vehicles can help to keep the air clean in cities – as we’ve seen recently with the reduction of traffic through covid-19 lockdowns – but they face two obstacles.

Airlines granted huge emissions reprieve by UN compromise

3 Jul 20 - The United Nations' aviation emissions offsetting scheme will not take 2020 into account when calculating how much airlines have to pay to neutralise their carbon dioxide output - a move environmental groups say makes a mockery of climate policy.

Capital's buses on fast track to electric drive

29 Jun 20 - Nearly a quarter of Wellington’s buses will be electric by 2023.

Shipping needs to clean up act - and do it now

Older vessels need improving now without waiting for cleaner replacements
Photo Credit: Paulhami, Wikimedia Commons

26 Jun 20 - The shipping industry is in urgent need of a makeover: while limited attempts are being made to lessen polluting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases in the road transport and aviation sectors, shipping lags even further behind in the clean-up stakes.

Denmark’s e-ferry passes sea trials in style

24 Jun 20 - The world’s largest all-electric ferry completed 10 months of trials last week, as the EU-funded project revealed that battery-powered boats will save operators money compared to their diesel counterparts during their decades of service.

Why carmakers must overhaul production plans

Photo Credit: RNZ

15 Jun 20 - The world’s 14 biggest carmakers are on course to miss globally agreed climate targets, a leading sustainable finance think-tank has said, urging investors to do more to pressure boards to change their production plans.

How science shoots down hydrogen cars

5 Jun 20 - Hydrogen cars won’t overtake electric vehicles because they’re hampered by the laws of science.


Green bailouts will let airlines off the hook

29 May 20 - The coronavirus pandemic has grounded thousands of aircraft, contributing to the largest-ever annual fall in CO2 emissions. But at some point the planes will fly again and with them, global emissions.

Why a bullet train could increase greenhouse gas emissions

26 May 20 - Bullet trains are back on Australia's political agenda. As the major parties look for ways to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 crisis, Labor is again spruiking its vision of linking...

Electric bikes could halve transport emissions

25 May 20 - Replacing just 20 per cent of car miles travelled with e-bike travel could cut Britain's greenhouse gas emissions from transport by up to eight million tonnes a year, new research shows.

Regional rail wins funding for business case

22 May 20 - A proposal for new trains to replace diesel engines with electric and expand Wellington’s regional rail service has won Government funding – but only to see if the business case stacks up.

Third of new Toyotas are hybrid, says company

14 May 20 - A third of new Toyota vehicles sold in New Zealand are hybrids, the company says.

Nats don't like railway network plans

4 May 20 - National is resisting moves to run the country’s rail network on a less-than-purely-commercial footing.

Costs kill Mercedes dreams of hydrogen

29 Apr 20 - Mercedes-Benz is killing its programme to develop passenger cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Flying and driving on post-covid agenda

21 Apr 20 - A third of New Zealanders intend travelling again when covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, new research shows.

Airlines bailouts should come with climate conditions

6 Apr 20 - Financial help from taxpayers to airlines hit by the coronavirus crisis must come with strict conditions on their future climate impact, green campaigners have said.

It's official, e-cars produce less CO2

25 Mar 20 - Electric vehicles produce less carbon dioxide than petrol cars across the vast majority of the globe – contrary to the claims of some detractors, who have alleged that the CO2 emitted in the...

General Motors wants to go big on EVs

20 Mar 20 - General Motors' Bolt and Volt models never sold well, but now the company is touting a battery that has more range than Tesla’s.

Ride-hailing operations highly carbon intensive

27 Feb 20 - A new study finds the ride-hailing companies emit nearly 70 percent more carbon thanks largely to a practice known as “deadheading.”


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