Tag: New Zealand

Biodegradable “ghost” sneaker launches in New Zealand

Biodegradable “ghost” sneaker launches in New Zealand

September 27, 2021 |

In New Zealand, pandemic boredom has led to the creation of the country’s first biodegradable shoe.  Orba’s Ghost sneaker, which is 94% plant-based, was conceived last year by Greg Howard during the country’s strict pandemic lockdown. The kicks feature a biobased rubber sole made from natural rubber, rice husk ash and coconut oil. The insoles […]

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US Grains Council urges New Zealand to move forward with ethanol blending

US Grains Council urges New Zealand to move forward with ethanol blending

August 30, 2021 |

In New Zealand, ethanol’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction benefits could help New Zealand lower emissions by 30 percent by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and industry partners told that New Zealand’s policymakers in comments submitted last month. A proposed mandate in New Zealand would go beyond previous efforts by […]

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Every little bit helps: Bakeries look to swap out plastic bread clips

Every little bit helps: Bakeries look to swap out plastic bread clips

August 23, 2021 |

In New Zealand, two bakeries have announced plans to eliminate plastic bread clips—the ubiquitous doohickeys used to better seal bread packaging and keep loaves fresh—and replace them with a cardboard alternative.  While bread clips are pretty small, the size of the bakeries making the switch adds up to a fairly significant figure in terms of […]

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Comments on New Zealand’s blending policy show ethanol’s role In GHG reductions

Comments on New Zealand’s blending policy show ethanol’s role In GHG reductions

August 15, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol’s greenhouse gas reduction benefits could help New Zealand lower emissions by 30 percent by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and industry partners told that country’s policymakers. A proposed mandate in New Zealand would go beyond previous efforts by mandating that fuel suppliers reduce GHG emissions […]

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Citizens group in New Zealand pushing against biofuels for trucking

Citizens group in New Zealand pushing against biofuels for trucking

July 29, 2021 |

In New Zealand, the Citizens Environmental Advocacy Center warns that use of trucks with biodiesel will cause far more damage to environment than using electric trucks, overseas studies have found that production of biofuels for use in diesel truck engines will speed up the climate change, not slow it down. CEAC instead has chosen to […]

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LanzaTech teams with lululemon on waste CO emissions-based polyester

LanzaTech teams with lululemon on waste CO emissions-based polyester

July 14, 2021 |

In New Zealand, LanzaTech has partnered with lululemon athletica inc., an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution. LanzaTech uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol from waste carbon sources and is working with partners India Glycols Limited […]

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University of Canterbury researchers developing carbon-neutral/negative green hydrogen

University of Canterbury researchers developing carbon-neutral/negative green hydrogen

July 8, 2021 |

In New Zealand, University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably. They are focusing on using renewable biomass – such as tree and plant waste from New Zealand’s forestry and agriculture sectors – to make green hydrogen. This […]

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New Zealand holds public consultant on possible biofuel blending mandate

New Zealand holds public consultant on possible biofuel blending mandate

June 17, 2021 |

In New Zealand, the government is consulting on a proposal to increase the use of sustainable liquid biofuels in New Zealand to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport. The discussion document, produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Transport, outlines a proposal to put in place a sustainable […]

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Kiwi firm wants to build a better mousetrap—Literally

Kiwi firm wants to build a better mousetrap—Literally

December 14, 2020 |

In New Zealand, human pest control products maker Goodnature is working to develop biodegradable rat traps that can be dropped by drone or helicopter.  Slightly bigger than a Keurig coffee capsule, the traps will break down in the environment within a few months, whether it caught a rat or not. The current iteration of the […]

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New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

December 1, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Te Uru Rākau is moving ahead with the next stage of research into creating a New Zealand biofuels industry, following a successful first stage, announced the Director Sector Investments. He said there is considerable interest in biofuels and biomass energy from organizations such as Air New Zealand and Fonterra. “We are now […]

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