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A new standard for the ‘circular economy’ has been launched by BSI – BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – guide The British business standards company explains that the ‘circular economy’ is a concept which challenges organisations to re-think how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits. Continue →
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New Zealand’s primary industries need to latch on to technology faster to support the economic growth of the agri sector and become a world leader in a fast growing agritech market, NZTech Chief Executive Graeme Muller says A growing awareness of the value of technology in agriculture can be seen by the number of farmers looking into technologies such as IoT, drones, sensors and robotics, Muller says. Continue →
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Millions of waste tyres each year are to be used to manufacture cement as part of a wider government plan to address the environmental problems of end-of-life tyres “New Zealand has a long-standing problem, with five million waste tyres generated each year,” Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith admits. Continue →
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The world’s two largest bottled water companies have joined forces with a California startup to develop a 100 per cent bio-based bottle Danone, Nestle Waters and Origin Materials will form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance to launch a PET plastic bottle made from bio-based material, 100 per cent sustainable and renewable resources. Continue →
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A new paper by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research suggests a package of changes to improve the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) The proposal’s proponents believes it would deliver clear and predictable emission price signals and ensure New Zealand’s emitters reduce their greenhouse gases more quickly. Continue →
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Mainmark has introduced a structurally advanced mass void fill solution for civil and geotechnical applications What is claimed to be the world’s most advanced structural lightweight cementitious-based filler for geotechnical applications, Terefil is an innovative solution is a cost-effective alternative to traditional void-filling methods such as aggregate or granular fills. Continue →
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Earthquake survivors could be rescued more quickly if the media communicated the number of likely fatalities from the outset, argues Professor Max Wyss For a decade, seismologists have been able to generate fast, reliable estimates of the number of people likely to have been killed in an earthquake, to within a factor of two or three. Continue →
Environment One of New Zealand’s biggest environmental problems is erosion caused by bush clearance on unstable soils by long ago farmers
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Any pathway to reducing the country’s domestic emissions will involve substantial change to patterns of energy supply and use, according to a recent authoritative report by Vivid Economics Moving towards a 100 per cent renewables grid and substantial electrification of the passenger vehicle fleet and low-grade heat is a major measure outlined in the Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestics emissions neutrality in the second half of the century survey commissioned by Globe (Global Legislators of a Balanced Environment) NZ – a cross-party group of 35 members of Parliament. Continue →
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Today marks the 177th day since the Kaikoura earthquake, which IPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene says provides a sobering reminder of the seismic risk posed by earthquake-prone buildings “Christchurch’s devastating 22 February 2011 aftershock came 177 days after the first Canterbury earthquake. Continue →
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The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand’s coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report Commissioned by the Deep South National Science Challenge, Insurance, Housing and Climate Adaptation investigates the different challenges climate change will present to homeowners, insurers and government. Continue →
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Experts from New Zealand and around the world will attend the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering’s annual technical conference in Wellington this week Conference convenor Dr David Whittaker says about 500 earthquake engineers and scientists will meet to exchange knowledge on a range of topics, including the impacts of the Kaikoura Earthquake and how to make building structures more resilient to large earthquakes. Continue →