Tag: New Zealand

New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

May 18, 2022 |

In Australia, in a bid to replace the harmful chemicals used in durable water repellent (DWR) textile coatings, a new research collaboration is developing a sustainable alternative made from biopolymers. The Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) has granted New Zealand based biotechnology research company, Humble Bee Bio, and Deakin University A$70,000 to develop and […]

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New Zealand biofuels mandate running up against ILUC and food vs fuel

New Zealand biofuels mandate running up against ILUC and food vs fuel

February 28, 2022 |

In New Zealand, Newsroom reports that the debate about indirect land use change and the use of food crops as biofuels feedstocks have reared their ugly heads ahead of the country’s plan to implement biofuel blending from April 1, 2023. Spooked by pushback received by the European Commission regarding their handling of feedstock sustainability, New […]

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NZ startup Vertus Energy scores pre-seed funding for its beyond biogas technology

NZ startup Vertus Energy scores pre-seed funding for its beyond biogas technology

October 27, 2021 |

In New Zealand, climate tech startup Vertus Energy has raised $862,429 in a pre-seed funding round led by Icehouse Ventures with support from Outset Ventures, Startmate, and NOAB Ventures, to expand its green fuel production technology. Vertus Energy’s technology turbocharges the production of green fuel from waste, making the de-fossilization of heavy pollutant industries that […]

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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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