Over the past two years there has been a growing interest in the role that Electric Vehicles (EVs) may play in driving a sustainable transport system for NZ. Their potential to help achieve emissions reductions and greater energy security, along with improved productivity from cheaper running costs, mean that EVs have become central to any discussions
Applications are invited for the 2015 OERC seed research grant (up to $2500). The primary aim of this grant is to provide seed funding for a research project that may subsequently be developed for a funding application and/or into a research paper targeted at an international peer reviewed journal. Strong preference will be given multidisciplinary
The government’s proposal to introduce rental insulation standards is a step in the right direction. If, as predicted, about 180,000 rental dwellings (one third of rentals) will be upgraded to meet the standard over the next 4 years, this represents a greatly increased rate of insulation retrofitting compared with current rates.
Notwithstanding there are quibbles about
I research energy policy stability in New Zealand. I’m nearing the end of my PhD and after being so highly focused on one small area, I wanted to use this blog to instead talk about what I see as the much larger context my research sits in. In this, I don’t think I’m saying anything
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
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
I want to tell you a story about energy. Most of us use energy without giving it a second thought – we switch on lights, turn on the heater, fill our cars with gas – we really don’t think about it much. But this story is not about most of us – it is about