Tags : Environment

New Zealand’s first official space mission announces ‘mission control’

New Zealand’s first government funded space mission has taken a ‘giant leap’ with Auckland University’s Te Pūnaha Ātea-Auckland Space Institute announced as the permanent host of the New Zealand based mission control centre for a global methane tracking satellite. “MethaneSAT is a really exciting opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s science and research expertise on the […]readmore

Leaders’ Summit on Climate to raise ambition on climate action

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined President Biden at the virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States overnight. The summit, held for Earth Day, brought world leaders together to galvanise efforts to reduce emissions this decade and keep the shared goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within […]readmore

Carbon neutral government a step closer

Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 10 years ·        Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 10 years ·        Projects to achieve a total savings of around 26,000 tonnes […]readmore

Emissions report shows urgent action needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net emissions increased by 2 percent […]readmore

Government delivers next phase of climate action

Ban on new coal-fired boilers ·         Funding for businesses to move away from fossil fuels – Round one will achieve up to 10 percent of gross long-lived emissions savings required by Climate Commission in first draft budget period(1); equal to taking 49,000 cars off the road.   The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to […]readmore

Government backs waste tyre initiative

A manufacturing plant upgrade that uses waste tyres as fuel will have a big impact on one of New Zealand’s waste problems. Environment Minister David Parker today officially opens the plant at Golden Bay Cement in Whangarei, which uses old tyres to fuel Golden Bay Cement’s kiln. The Government has funded $16 million of the $25 […]readmore

Milestone for kōkako as population soars

Recovery efforts over more than two decades have seen the North Island kōkako, one of Aotearoa’s most iconic birds, brought back from the brink of extinction, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Protection of this species began in the late 1990s, after the kōkako population dropped to as few as 330 breeding pairs – around 1000 […]readmore

$20.5m investment to reduce waste going to landfill in Bay

Thousands of households in the Tauranga City will get waste collection bins for recycling, garden waste, food scraps and rubbish following a $20.5 million Government investment in reducing waste in the region. Environment Minister said the $20.5m provided to the Tauranga City Council from the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) will support essential […]readmore

Emissions pricing reaches significant milestone

A significant milestone in New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon future was reached today with the first auction of emissions allowances, said the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw.  “One of the most significant steps our Government has taken to address the climate emergency was to reform New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Having inherited […]readmore