taken from newstrust.net via The Daily Telegraph.
In march this year the European Commission unveiled a "single European transport area" aimed at enforcing "a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers" by 2050.
The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.
Top of the EU's list to cut climate change emissions is a target of "zero" for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU's future cities.
Christchurch Agency for Energy (CAfE), has announced the launch of Energyfirst. This programme makes available grants for building developers in Christchurch to have building concept plans reviewed by an energy efficiency design expert.
If you want a warm, comfortable home for winter, NOW is the time to contact Community Energy Action
- They provide some of the highest subsidies
- Every dollar earnt is put back into our community through charitable programmes
- a Canterbury organisation using local products and providing jobs for New Zealand people
- insulation products made from recycled materials where possible
- have been installing insulation since 1994 and provide an excellent and reliable service
EA12 (Energy Awareness 2012) is CAfE’s public awareness campaign giving Christchurch residents, businesses and institutions information on a better energy future for our city.
Advertising and flyers will be available, but this site will be the starting place for all the activities. Activities will include energy tours of key sites in Christchurch, the community-based Energy Dialogue workshops and a public and business speaker series. the initial activities in April / May will finish with The Press Great Energy Debate on 9 May.
Share your ideas for the energy future of Christchurch. Energy Dialogues are community forums where issues and ideas relevant to Christchurch can be raised and discussed. EA12 in April and May will see community sessions around the city.
CAfE's Smart Tips on energy saving, renewable energy and energy use can help you to make savings and be energy smart.
We recognise the need to make energy information easy to understand and practical for residents, businesses and motorists.
CAfE will provide Smart Energy Tips on energy saving, renewable energy and energy use.
Each list of Smart Tips will be updated as new information comes to us, through our regular Christchurch Energy Stats, new analysis of energy options, Christchurch rebuilding plans, and overseas and local science. Each Top10 will also have additional information on where you can go to learn more. Help use our energy wisely!
To save energy in your house try these Smart tips: http://www.cafe.gen.nz/smart-tips-saving-home
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.
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.
Christchurch businesses get financial boost to save energy; Small to medium businesses in Christchurch can get up to $30,000 towards improving their energy use, under a new EECA ENERGYWISE programme (4 August, 2011). Christchurch City Council has been contracted under the Government's Energising Business programme to help companies reduce energy use and costs.
The New Zealand Energy Strategy and the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy released today by the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, show an energy future that delivers for all New Zealanders.
“New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of energy resources,” says Ms Parata. “Our Government’s goal is to make the most of all the assets we have – hydro, wind, geothermal, oil, gas and minerals.
Entries are now open for the 2012 EECA Awards, the event that recognises excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy. There’s a category for all – including large and small business, community, transport, innovation, renewable energy, and public sector projects. Previous winners include some of New Zealand’s largest corporates, to small owner-operated firms and community partnerships.
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.