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Changing incandescent light bulbs (right) to LEDs (left) is an example of eco-efficiency, but it can also have unintended consequences. Shutterstock

The pitfalls of eco-efficiency

Often presented as one of the best ways to save energy, eco-efficiency often proves to be less effective than one might think.
While still new, Tesla’s electric cybertruck has not performed as well is its predecessor, the 2016 Model 3, which got 200,000 orders within a day of being unveiled. Christophe Gateau/AAP

Tesla’s Blade Runner-inspired pickup truck kind of flopped. Here’s why

Elon Musk's latest venture has been met with confusion and ridicule. But drawing inspiration from science fiction for new technology should go beyond simplistic futurist fantasies.
The best way to compare emissions from electric cars is to assess all phases of a life cycle analysis. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: the environmental footprint of electric versus fossil cars

In New Zealand, where more than 80% of electricity is renewable, the carbon footprint of electric cars is 62% lower than that of fossil cars. But their lithium battery has other environmental impacts.
Research into low-carbon planes is underway, but we won’t see electric long-haul flights any time soon. DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL

Climate explained: why don’t we have electric aircraft?

Unlike a car, you can't just stick a battery-powered engine in a plane and expect it to fly. Despite that, small planes might be the future of electric flight.
Governments can choose to spend money in ways that support climate change policy, including a shift to electric vehicle fleets. from www.shutterstock.com

Procurement’s role in climate change: putting government money where policy needs to go

New Zealand is introducing new procurement rules to better link government spending with climate change policy. The first target is to reduce emissions profile of the government's vehicle fleet.
Australia and Russia could soon be the last remaining developed nations without fuel efficiency standards, with New Zealand proposing new rules and financial incentives to get more people driving cleaner cars. www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand poised to introduce clean car standards and incentives to cut emissions

New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.

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