CAfE is the official energy agency for Christchurch. We are committed to developing Christchurch as an energy-smart city.
Viewing the raw figures from the Christchurch Energy Database can help to clarify the exact changes and issues.
The Christchurch energy database is required to monitor and record energy used in Christchurch by type (electricity, petroleum products, wood etc), sector (industrial, commercial, residential, transportation etc) and proportion of renewable energy utilised in real-time (or as close to real-time as practicably achievable). Historical data, back to 2008, is included in the database where available to provide baseline data and historical trends, including seasonal variations.
New additions to Christchurch International Airport see a modern heating and cooling system utilising low temperature geothermal energy.
Christchurch Airport services almost six million passengers a year with an increase of 1.5 million forecasted by 2020.To accommodate all these passengers, replacement of the 50 year old domestic terminal and upgrades to the existing international terminal have been undertaken. Part of the upgrade is a state of the art heating and cooling system designed by Beca Ltd. The system’s design means that very little energy is wasted.
When ambient temperature permits, water from the wells is used to cool the airport with no aid from chillers. The 12°C water is pumped from the aquifer via boreholes to heat exchangers.
CAfE welcomes Christchurch focus for EECA programme (MEDIA RELEASE: 21/09/2011)
The Christchurch Agency for Energy (CAfE) has welcomed the EECA programme announced today to provide incentives for energy-efficient commercial buildings, which is starting with the Christchurch rebuild.
Energy line company Orion has thanked Christchurch for the last year and noted the success of restoration and repair work in a newsletter. Orion notes that there have been 700 electricity sector workers from 40 companies working to restore electricity during earthquake recovery efforts.
Any building that replaces the iconic old Railway terminal that used to house Science Alive! and Hoyts cinemas needs to be breath-taking and the developers of the new Moorhouse Entertainment precinct have managed to do just that. Developers Grand Ltd are going all out to create an entertainment complex on the site that comprises cinemas, car parks, food and beverage venues, everything Cantabrians could possible ask for on their nights out.
Stuff.co.nz 14 July 2011. Trans-Tasman civil engineering contractor Fulton Hogan says it will try running its vehicles on biodiesel fuel containing recycled cooking oils and canola oil made from oilseed rape grown in the Hurunui district and other dry areas of Canterbury. The trial could eventually result in Fulton Hogan running most of its New Zealand fleet and mobile generators on biodiesel blended with the normal diesel made from petroleum.
Christchurch energy use continues to show ongoing changes associated with the 22 February 2011 earthquake, according to the CAfE Energy Database results for the first full year of Christchurch energy monitoring. The quake sequence led to increased contractor activity and a decline in central city electricity use. These trends are still evident in energy use figures.
The data for March 2011 to March 2012, showed a decline of 2.2% overall in energy use with annual use of diesel up 6.5%, and electricity and petrol down by 6.9% and 3.8% respectively.
The Schools Challenge Programme (at Manning Intermediate School) was a part of the Christchurch Agency for Energy's Energy Awareness 2012 programme.
We're discovering in New Zealand that not all lightbulbs are created equal when comparing energy efficiency, life span and performance.
Scientific American has recently provided an analysis of the four types of bulb used in households as the US phases out bulbs which can't meet certain environmental standards. "New U.S. regulations, starting January 1, cap energy consumption of a roughly 1,600-lumen bulb (equivalent to a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb) at 72 watts—which means the workhorse of home lighting will have to become about 30 percent more efficient overnight." http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=buying-better-bulb&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20120109
This is the CAfE Energyfirst form.
CAfE CEO Merv Altments addressed the Gas Industry Forum in Taupo on 20 October 2011. He outlined the background and role of CAfE as well as projects that the Agency has underway.
After the Christchurch earthquakes, some of the school buildings at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School were removed and others deemed uneconomic to repair.
The school decided, instead of taking the traditional, evolutionary approach and just replacing the buildings it had lost, to take the opportunity to completely review, revise and potentially rebuild much of the school in a completely different shape and form.
‘Project Blue Sky’ is a significant and exciting project to redevelop the site covering the majority of the land between Merivale Lane, Rossall Street and Hewitts Road.
It’s unlikely people will ever stop eating cakes and baked goods, but Kidds Cakes still wants to be a company that takes the future of the earth seriously and is acknowledge for more than just cakes. When it came to designing its new custom built bakery and retail outlet, the owners were adamant that they wanted something that was energy efficient and supported their sustainability ethos.
A dilemma facing modern nations is how to make the painful transition from fossil fuel propulsion to other forms of energy for transport. While developed nations consider their options management researchers Hua Wang and Chris Kimble of Euromed Management École de Marseille writing in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, suggest emerging economies such as China may have a headstart.
The rising price and environmental impacts petrol is causing the need to rethink the fuel we use in our private cars and in our vehicle fleets. There are smart alternatives to petrol and diesel, and 100% biofuels are made of renewable material and don’t produce greenhouse gases as they don’t produce carbon dioxide. The less petroleum, the lower the emissions. Biofuels are made from sugars, starches, vegetable oils and animal fats.
The renewable energy substitute for petrol is bioeothanol which is ethyl alcohol, and production of it has more than doubled since 2000 in New Zealand. Ethanol is a renewable energy and is created using sunlight and organic material.
The Stronger Christchurch World Buskers Festival is coming soon to the Hagley Park Events Village.
Busker buses, sponsored by Solid Energy, have been being organised to ferry people into Hagley Park at the weekends to make it easy for people from the quake-damaged eastern suburbs to get to the events village.