Bridges pushes NZ as ‘most ready in the world’ for electric cars

Bridges pushes NZ as ‘most ready in the world’ for electric cars

Transport and Energy Minister Simon Bridges has officials investigating ways to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, although is ruling out incentives or subsidies in what he says is “the most EV ready country in the world” because of New Zealand’s very high proportion of electricity generated from renewable resources. Speaking to an energy conference […]

Controlling car pollution at the quantum level

Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc. in Japan have reviewed research that might be leading the way towards a new generation of automotive catalytic converters. Catalytic converters that change the toxic fumes of automobile exhaust to less toxic pollutants only reached the market in the mid-1970s. They are formed of a catalyst – usually in the […]

The first steps toward a viable small-scale hydrogen generator

Researchers are helping to advance the development of hydrogen-powered cars by producing innovative materials that could make on-board hydrogen generators a reality. Hydrogen is a renewable resource with the potential to power everything from households to cars, but its use is currently limited by a lack of green and practical production methods. Current approaches to […]

How minerals can aid the economies of rural New Zealand

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes a report released today by the New Zealand Initiative stating why the resource rich parts of rural New Zealand need to tap into the wealth beneath their feet. The report, titled Poverty of wealth – why minerals need to be part of the rural economy, observes that regional parts […]

Catch 22 for new industry?

Rejection of a proposal for a new industry is disappointing, says BusinessNZ. The Environmental Protection Authority has turned down an application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd to start a new industry in the Exclusive Economic Zone off the coast of Taranaki. The proposed enterprise would have established an under-sea iron sand mining industry, diversifying New Zealand’s […]

Electric cars bring environmental benefits

 If electric vehicles were widely available, New Zealanders would buy enough of them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector by one-fifth over the next 18 years, new research from Victoria University of Wellington shows.  PhD researcher Doug Clover says there are currently only a couple of hundred electric vehicles on the road […]

New energy efficiency initiatives on target

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) welcome this morning’s announcements from the Hon. Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, targeting business sustainability initiatives. At a time of rising energy prices, and a desire for energy security, New Zealand business is increasingly focused on energy initiatives that make good business […]