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Industrial plants see low carbon price as barrier

Friday - Low carbon prices are stopping many large plants switching to low-emissions fuels, a report says.

Coal giant Glencore to limit production

Thursday - Commodities giant Glencore has bowed to pressure from shareholders to limit coal production for environmental reasons.

Big companies might leave, warns oil sector

Wednesday - Cutting carbon subsidies for trade-exposed heavy emitters could see large companies leave the country, says the oil and gas sector.

Renewable energy will be tops by 2040, says BP

Wednesday - Renewable energy will be the world’s main source of power within two decades, according to BP.

Labs busy finding new ways to power the world

12 Feb 19 - Laboratories can make energy from greenhouse gases, power smartphones with their own radiation, and cut shipping costs naturally. And each could become reality.

Why solar generation will be a big player

11 Feb 19 - Solar electricity generation has a big part to play in New Zealand’s low-carbon energy future, says the operator of the national grid.

BP acts on shareholder demands

4 Feb 19 - BP will have to set out how its strategy and investments fit with targets to limit global temperature rise, under a new resolution.


Tiwai could lead way in new-deal aluminium

22 Jan 19 - The owner of New Zealand’s only aluminium smelter says the country could have a bright future producing low-emissions aluminium for a carbon-constrained world.

Govt gives Foodstuffs $1m for green vehicles

22 Jan 19 - Food giant Foodstuffs is to get more than a million dollars of public money as part of a drive towards low-emissions vehicles.

BP faces shareholder challenge over carbon targets

11 Dec 18 - BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil face a shareholder challenge to set carbon targets in line with the Paris Agreement, as a green group seeks to repeat its success in pressuring Shell to set environmental...

New round opens for Taranaki permits

29 Nov 18 - The process to issue new exploration permits in the last part of the country in which they are allowed is under way.

Biofuel land grab will squeeze nature’s space

22 Nov 18 - Growing enough greenery to provide cleaner fuel and slow climate change will need a biofuel land grab: a 10 to 30-fold rise in land devoted to green crops.

Dead fish new power behind high-polluting cruise ships

20 Nov 18 - Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners.

NZ scientists work on safer batteries

16 Nov 18 - New Zealand researchers have created a new plant-based electrolyte that could be the key to making safer and more environmentally friendly batteries.

EECA wants feedback on $14m energy fund

14 Nov 18 - The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is seeking feedback on its proposed $14 million energy levy-funded activities for next year.

Oil and gas exploration ban becomes law

8 Nov 18 - New oil and gas exploration is now banned from New Zealand’s waters and from most of its land.

Big hydropower dams unsustainable, says study

8 Nov 18 - Large-scale hydropower dams are unsustainable in the developing world, according toi new research.

Compressed air could be our energy friend

30 Oct 18 - If energy storage were available at sufficiently low cost and high performance, renewable energy would rapidly displace all other generation forms.

Oil countries will have to change their ways

30 Oct 18 - A changing energy system is posing “critical questions” for many of the world’s largest oil and gas producing countries, the International Energy Agency says.


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