After a number of cyclist deaths in New Zealand, cycle advocates and policy makers alike have been pondering issues relating to the penalties imposed on motorists. There have been many press reports lately about stories of cyclist deaths and their bearing on their bereaved families and the subsequent public dismay as to how guilty motorists
New publication: Keen on Electric Vehicles: Kiwi perspectives on electric vehicles, and opportunities to stimulate uptake.
We have just published a new project report on a very hot topic at the moment, ‘Electric Vehicle uptake in New Zealand’.
The report is a product of the Green Grid project with overlap with input from the Energy Cultures project.
New Zealand has nearly the highest ownership of cars in the world – around 700 light
Not much. Does it matter? Yes, it does. And what can we do about it?
Vehicle exhaust emissions matter from a human health point of view. Motor vehicles produce fine particulate matter, unburnt hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants. The fine particulate matter alone was estimated in 2002 to
This blog is to introduce the research I am doing. This research came about after a recent survey, undertaken by Energy Cultures into small and medium businesses in New Zealand, identified (among other things) that many small business owners would not be interested in changing the way they use energy even if they would not
The Centre for Sustainability has joined forces with solarcity to establish the National Solar Laboratory (solarlab). Its mission: to conduct a comprehensive study into household solar energy usage to better inform and guide the nation towards a sustainable energy future.
solarcity’s multi-year initiative will explore how adopting photovoltaic systems (PV) and
As many previous Energy Cultures bloggers have noted, Dunedin suffers from some very energy inefficient housing which in turn causes financial and health related problems for occupants. I’m here in Dunedin for a month to do a study looking at why private landlords in the city tend not to invest in making their properties more efficient, warm
I came back from five months of research and study leave in November 2014, having spent the majority of the time in Vienna, Austria (a city of 1.8million with a much smaller footprint than Auckland). Austria is a long time member of the EU and has a climate with more extremes than New
Multidisciplinary research on energy is a hot topic internationally. I’ve recently returned from a trip overseas to give presentations and work with other research teams in England, Ireland, Germany and Norway, and I spoke with a number of research groups where they have recently started to work collaboratively across disciplines. They have huge interest in