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Is An Electric Car Coming To Your Driveway? 2 Nov 2009
Can electric vehicles, and electric transport in general, solve the problems of New Can electric vehicles, and electric transport in general, solve the problems of New Zealand's transport system? ...
Emissions trading is ineffective in reducing gross greenhouse gas emissions 29 Apr 2009
Available evidence internationally suggests that the current emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be an almost completely ineffective means of reducing New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions. ...
Government Turns Its Back on Transport Alternatives 18 Mar 2009
The Sustainable Energy Forum has criticised the Government's plans to increase state highway funding and make highway construction the centrepiece of transport policy. ...
Obsession with roads leads transport policies astray 29 Aug 2008
Both major parties are letting their obsession with building new roads distract them from the real issues facing the transport sector ...
Statement from a Joint One-day Conference on “Responding to Oil Depletion and Climate Change” 31 July 2008
Summary statement from the recent conference.
Global Oil Supply and Demand are Finely Balanced 22 July 2008
Some commentators have blamed the large price rise in the international price of crude oil in recent months on Opec, or the oil companies, or geopolitical uncertainty, and more recently speculation has also been blamed when investors buy commodities like oil for a limited period to hedge against the weakening US dollar.
A Twelve-Step Plan to End Oil Addiction 23 May 2008
With the price of petrol hitting $2 per litre nationwide, the Sustainable Energy Forum has proposed twelve steps for New Zealand to end its increasingly self-destructive addiction to oil.
Government Confused Over Transport 7 May 2008
For years, the Sustainable Energy Forum and other groups have been warning that much higher fuel prices are on the way. The government has chosen to ignore this advice, and now that high prices have arrived with a vengeance, the Government is becoming increasingly confused.
Petrol Price Rises Just the Beginning 24 Apr 2008
Recent petrol price rises are just the beginning of a turbulent new era, according to the Sustainable Energy Forum (SEF). SEF Convenor Tim Jones says "We don't know which way the price of fuel will go tomorrow or the next day, but we do know that the overall trend is up."
Electricity Price Gouging Must Cease 3 Apr 2008
Electricity prices have recently been reported to be likely to rise by about 40 to 50 percent in inflation-adjusted real terms within two decades if the Government pursues its ban on new coal- or gas-fired power stations. Such a large increase will have severe effects on many electricity consumers.
Is "Peak Oil" a Factor in Rising Oil Prices? 17 Jan 2008
The term "Peak Oil" refers to the theory that for fundamental geological reasons and with demand starting to exceed supply, global oil production will reach a peak soon enough from now to be of considerable concern, and then commence a slow but irreversible decline. ...
Government Limousine Purchase sends the Wrong Message 20 Dec 2007
The Climate Change Minister, David Parker, is reported as saying that the change in new Government limousines from the Ford Fairlane to diesel BMW 730Ld cars was because the Government "walks the talk" on sustainability, leading it to purchase the German BMW car. This decision is said to have been made because of the cars considered, the BMW was the most fuel-efficient and the second-best in emission standards. ...
Will Transport Go Electric? 10 Nov 2007
Are electric vehicles part of the answer to New Zealand's transport woes? Can they help reduce our soaring greenhouse gas emissions and our heavy dependence on oil? A public seminar in Wellington aims to find out. ...
Energy Strategies Improved, But Much More Needed. 18 Oct 2007
The Sustainable Energy Forum (SEF) today welcomed aspects of the Government's final New Zealand Energy Strategy (NZES) and New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS), but said that the strategies still weren't strong enough to meet the twin challenges of climate change and Peak Oil. ...
A change in New Zealand's energy consumption culture is needed. 21 Sep 2007
"Achieving reduced greenhouse gas emissions through a carbon emissions trading scheme will not on its own be sufficient to meet the Government's emissions reduction objectives. It will also need to be accompanied by a strong and sustained promotion of energy efficiency and conservation principles" said John Blakeley today, speaking on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Forum. ...
Can emissions trading be justified? 4 Sep 2007
The Government's proposed greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme may result in little actual reduction of New Zealand's emissions. This may be especially true if companies are allowed to take part in offset schemes...
Uncertainty over the cost and benefits of emissions trading 24 Aug 2007
The present estimate of the financial commitment of New Zealand to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligation over the next five years through the purchase of carbon credits (by Government and/or companies and organisations) ranges widely from about $600 million (NZ Treasury) to around $1.7 billion (National Party and the Green Party) to up to $3.5 billion (Business New Zealand)...
Oil Alternatives: Urgent Action Needed 20 April 2006.
SEF is urging the Government to get on with implementing policies designed to lessen New Zealand's dependence on oil.
A billion dollars more gas from Maui? 25 September 2004.
"Evidence that more gas can be extracted from the Maui field is good for New Zealand, but the extra gas will come at a much higher cost" said Mr John Blakeley, Convenor of the Sustainable Energy Forum (SEF). He was commenting on an analysis of the Maui gas situation included in the latest issue of EnergyWatch - SEF's journal (see EnergyWatch 34).
Better Public Transport Is The Answer, Not More Motorways. 12 December 2003.
"We are starting to see engagement and commitment to solve the transport problems - now we need a visionary public transport system to get the people moving around Auckland" said the Convenor of the Sustainable Energy Forum, John Blakeley.
Transport energy growth predictions startling. 19 November 2003.
Ministry of Economic Development (MED) projections for transport energy use are a "wake-up call" says John Blakeley, Convenor of the Sustainable Energy Forum. "New Zealand's transport energy use is already very high, and the MED’s projected 1.3% annual growth ignores the golden rule -- if you are in a hole, stop digging." ...
New Approaches To Energy Management Required. 15 May 2003.
The discussion paper this press release refers to (Sustainable Energy Development For New Zealand - Converting A Power Crisis Into A Sustainable Energy Development Opportunity) is on the Papers page.
The sorry story of the Maui Gas Field. 26 March 2003.
The EnergyWatch article this press release refers to is on the EnergyWatch site.
Gas Shortage Charades Need To Come Into The Open. 10 February 2003.
January 2003. An article by John Blakeley that appeared in the New Zealand Herald on 20 December 2002.
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