Feebate could hit gas guzzlers and encourage electric vehicle use: report

Energy Cultures researcher Barry Barton has recently been interviewed by Stuff.co.nz on his project report with Peter Schuette, which looks at how to get more Kiwis into electric vehicles. http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/77605607/feebate-could-hit-gas-guzzlers-and-encourage-electric-vehicle-use-report.

Sinners, Zealots and Hypocrites

“We don’t spend a lot on energy – we don’t use much. Our consciences are pretty clear…. Do you find people have been really reluctant to be honest because it’s Angela Howell photoso accusatory?” This quote is from one of my many interviews conducted with owner

Radio NZ National interview: Policy changes needed for bigger uptake of EV’s

As part of the Energy Cultures Project, Barry Barton energy and environment law expert from Waikato University led a comparative study with countries that have a high uptake of EVs, including Germany, the US and Norway. The study has analysed the incentives available overseas which lower the price of electric vehicles. There are

Just because we survived, does a cold scarfie flat have to be the norm?

ENERGY-old house_LRHaving recently finished an interesting teaching semester I thought I would share some of the insights from working with students on assignments to bring about change toward sustainability in their lives. I teach a 300 level paper titled “Organisations and Sustainability” which has between

How to understand household energy-consumption practices


Sustainable development is vital for our society. The energy sector plays an important role in the transition from the oil-based era to renewable alternatives, and for restructuring fuel patterns for power generation. This involves generating and using new energy technologies, and reforming energy supply and demand that underpins the structure and growth of the whole