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

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

Electric Vehicles: Should we intervene?

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

I’ve got the power!

Over the last hundred years people in the developed world have become used to a system where electricity flows from centralised power plants, along Becky400biotransmission and distribution wires, and into our homes to power our appliances. But new technologies are starting to move in to people’s

From the Warehouse to Your Door: Moving Goods

Traditional weekend visits to the local shops are bring increasingly replaced by virtual shopping trips. From clothes to electronics to food, online shopping has revolutionised our shopping practices: it is ‘the new retail reality’.

In 2012, 1.8 million New Zealanders made an online purchase. A study by the New Zealand Retailers Association found that online purchases

Insulation standards – one small step, but…

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