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Future of Housing – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 21st, 2017.

There’s no place like home, but owning your own home is harder than ever before. Leaky houses, sky-rocketing prices, and ever-increasing energy bills – what do experts have to say about the Future of Housing in New Zealand? In this Expert Q&A, the Science Media Centre asked experts in the field how design, technical innovation, […]

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OECD rates NZ’s environmental performance – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The OECD’s latest report on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. The third OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand made 50 recommendations and noted the country has the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions […]

Will NZ’s future energy be clean? – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 16th, 2017.

Approximately 80 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. But is this the full picture behind NZ’s clean and green reputation?  This week the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability releases ten policy briefs from its Energy Cultures research. The SMC asked experts how New Zealand’s energy usage compares to the […]

$1 billion fund for household insulation

Peter Griffin posted in on August 27th, 2008.

What support for the ETS bought the Greens: $1 billion over about 15 years to insulate and upgrade low-income homes. Higher-income homes will also get a substantial subsidy. A commitment from the Government to develop and implement a National Policy Statement on biodiversity no later than February 1, 2011. A contestable fund of 150,000 carbon […]

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