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Cities Launch Initiative to Become Renewable

Posted by Peter, on May 7, 2016

A coalition of more than 80 of the world’s major cities launched an initiative, called the “Coalition for Urban Transitions” to achieve sustainable development goals and work toward goals set by the Paris Agreement.  Continue reading »

Qantas to Trial Fuel from Waste

Posted by Peter, on January 4, 2011

Qantas has confirmed that it is undertaking a feasibility study into the production of aviation fuel from waste, including food scaps, tree cuttings and packaging. The company expects to complete the feasibility study within a year after which it will be trialled in aircraft. Air New Zealand has already trialled the use of a blend […]  Continue reading »

US to Adopt Mandatory Fuel Economy Standard

Posted by Peter, on May 20, 2009

The United States has embarked upon its first comprehensive effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars, while also reducing the country’s reliance on foreign oil. Under the new rules, average emissions from all vehicles will have to be cut by 30 per cent and cars and trucks will have to get 15 kilometres per […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Students Finalists in Greener Aircraft Competition

Posted by Peter, on May 16, 2009

A team of students from the thu University of Queensland is among the five finalists in a contest being run by Airbus for creative ideas that can shape the future of aviation and deliver a further reduction in the industry’s impact on the environment. 225 teams of students from universities in 82 countries entered the […]  Continue reading »

Auckland’s Flexible Ridesharing Proposal

Posted by Peter, on March 10, 2009

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority has released a draft  plan which includes $400,000 for a three-year trial of an innovative car pooling system being developed by Trip Convergence Ltd. In the proposed car pooling system, members with a common destination walk, cycle or drive to a nearby parking facility and form fuller cars to their […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Solar Sails for Chinese Cargo Ships

Posted by Peter, on October 29, 2008

Sydney-based solar ship builder, Solar Sailor, has signed an agreement to supply huge solar-power sails to be fitted to two Chinese cargo ships. The aluminium sails, which are 30 metres tall and are covered with photovolatic panels, will harness the wind to cut fuel costs by between 20 and 40 per cent while generating solar […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Cars Use As Much Petrol as 40 Years Ago

Posted by Peter, on April 29, 2008

It’s not just American cars that are gas guzzlers. The average Australian car now uses about 8.1 litres of petrol for every 100 kilometres traveled. This is close to the American average of 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres but far worse than Europe at 5.5 litres or Japan at 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres. When […]  Continue reading »

Possiblility of Th!nk Electric Cars for Australia

Posted by Peter, on April 3, 2008

The first Th!nk electric cars are being delivered in Norway this month. The initial City model is a two-seater with a top speed of 105km/h. It accelerates from zero to 50km/h in about 6.5 seconds and can travel for 200km on an overnight charge from a normal, domestic power point. It is a true, highway-safe […]  Continue reading »

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