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Electric fleet vehicles NZ #cleanenergy

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### NZ Herald Thu, 19 Jan 2017
Electric vehicles get $3.5m boost
The Government has agreed to pay $3.5 million towards electric vehicle projects around the country to promote the greener form of transport. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced today that 15 projects would be conditionally funded, as the Government seeks to meet its target of 64,000 electric vehicles on New Zealand’s roads by 2021. The projects include Foodstuffs using 28 all-electric delivery vans at its supermarkets; supporting Tranzit Group and Auckland Transport introducting electric buses and charging infrastructure; and Waste Management NZ converting three rubbish trucks to run on electricity.
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Foodstuffs (NZ)
Media Release

Fri, 20 Jan 2017

Minister of Energy and Resources Judith Collins announces New World and PAK’nSAVE electric delivery van trial
The Honourable Judith Collins has today announced that the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will be providing funding to support Foodstuffs trial of electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017.
“This is the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this size has been trialled in New Zealand,” says Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The funding will go towards the implementation of 28 zero emission electric delivery vans at New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the North and South Island.”
According to Quin when the project was put to the business initial interest from stores was incredibly positive. “Our owners recognise and support Foodstuffs’ commitment to be more sustainable and at the leading edge of new technology. Our business practices are continually evolving to be more sustainable, this is demonstrated through our work on recyclable packaging, food donation, natural refrigeration systems and energy efficiency and ensures the business will be well placed over the coming years.”
Quin adds, “It fits in perfectly with Foodstuffs drive to reduce environmental impacts and support brand NZ. Electric vehicles offer the potential to both reduce the business’ dependence on imported fuels whilst at the same time reducing road based transport emissions by 100%.”
“Add to this the fact the electricity powering the vehicles is 100% locally generated and over 80% renewably generated through hydro, wind and geothermal sources – meaning we are investing in both New Zealand‘s economy and its environment.”
The Nissan e-NV 200 delivery vans will be imported over the next year from Europe where they are manufactured. Once charged they are capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres at a time without generating either noise or emissions.
Foodstuffs is in discussion with EECA about the potential installation of separate public electric vehicle charging points at key New World and PAK’nSAVE store locations throughout the country.
“The idea is that the provision of easily accessible charging facilities will encourage the public to gradually transition away from petrol and diesel cars to sustainable electric vehicles. You will be able to charge your car whilst grabbing your groceries,” says Quin.
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### ODT Online Mon, 30 Jan 2017
Benefits of electric delivery vehicle adding up
By Dene Mackenzie
For Mark Dickson, the future is already here following the purchase of an electric delivery vehicle for his Taste Nature business in Dunedin. Mr Dickson and his wife and business partner, Rayna Dickson, had talked about an electric vehicle two years ago as part of an extension to their organic food business. When the couple realised they needed a newer vehicle, the electric delivery van  seemed a natural extension to the business, Mr Dickson said. A month ago, he and Mrs Dickson bought a Nissan e-NV200 delivery vehicle, the same kind as grocery chain Foodstuffs and other businesses recently received government funding for in order to trial the vehicles.
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### ecotricity.co.nz Sat, 30 Apr 2016
Electric Buses and Driverless Shuttles are about to solve Auckland’s Traffic Woes
By Al Yates
The recent announcement of the electrification of the NZ Bus fleet is a massive boost for completing the electrification of New Zealands public transport fleet. But it goes well beyond buses as it also proves that transport electrification is now economic across a growing number of sectors. In this article we discuss two key components of how Auckland’s traffic woes are about to be alleviated in the short to medium term with the stroke of two technological changes, Electrification of the Bus Fleet, and Driverless Shuttles.
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Making roofs more intelligent

What’s being billed as the country’s first zero energy house is steadily taking shape in Point Chevalier, Auckland, and its owners are aiming to save up to $80,000 in power costs over the next 25 years.

### idealog.co.nz July 2, 2012 @ 10:07 am
Zero energy house leading the way
By Idealog
SolarCity has partnered with owners Joanna Woods and Shay Brazier and energy consultants and eco-companies to help build the house, which aims to achieve net-zero power bills by generating as much electricity as is consumed through a blend of energy-efficient features and an intelligent solar roof. Brazier, who is also head of design and innovation at SolarCity, says the house could save between $50,000-$80,000 in power costs over the next 25 years.
“Our zero energy house protects us from the impact of electricity rate increases while safeguarding the environment for the next generation,” Brazier says. “The country needs to start thinking about making their roofs more intelligent, and start thinking about the cost of running a house per square metre, rather than just the cost of building a house per square metre.”
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Retrofitting commercial buildings

The process is starting in Dunedin’s CBD…

### idealog.co.nz 2 November 2011 at 10:12 am
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Why the retrofit market is the key to green growth
By Deirdre Robert
There are any number of ways to stimulate the green job market, but the World Economic Forum reckons investing in energy efficient upgrades for existing commercial buildings is a sure fire approach. It’s released a report on the subject entitled, A Profitable and Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance and Investing in Commercial Real Estate.

On a visit to New Zealand in March this year, “environment capitalist” Anthony Malkin, of New York City and Empire State Building fame, offered some advice to John Key. Malkin maintained that dollars spent on building retrofits have a payback that, when seen in terms of local employment and benefits, arguably outweigh investment in new energy creation projects. A $200 million wind farm, for example, requires technology to be imported and the taxpayer dollar goes offshore.
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‘Outfitting buildings to save energy’

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@NatGeoSociety New ‘Winter Clothes’ for China Homes http://on.natgeo.com/gYXF0H #energy
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New Zealand housing, a sorry tale

The poor quality of many New Zealand homes was a result of people wanting to make a quick profit, and [home owner] Eddie van Uden hoped a rating would eventually be attached to homes like a warrant of fitness.

### nzherald.co.nz 5:30 AM Sunday Dec 26, 2010
NZ: Land of unhealthy homes
By Andre Hueber
Three out of four New Zealand homes are failing to meet new energy-efficiency standards, endangering the health of the families who live in them. The New Zealand Green Building Council – which represents builders, developers and government agencies – has set up a measurement system that rates houses on their energy efficiency. Of the first 3300 homes rated, most are cold, damp and unhealthy.
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Note to DCC, via New Jersey

Not mentioning Prista here, that’s for later (soon).
Don’t you love this story – and developer Larry Bijou.

### nj.com February 02, 2010, 2:42PM
Hoboken Now
Garden Street Lofts wins gold award for going green
By Mark Maurer/The Jersey Journal
Back in 1919, the structure at 1425 Garden St, in Hoboken was a storage warehouse and factory for processing coconuts so as to be used for shredded toppings on Hostess snowball cupcakes. Plenty has changed. As of last year, the building was an environmentally friendly, mixed residential high-rise called Garden Street Lofts, with 30 luxury condominiums and a sedum ground-covered, grassy roof for carbon monoxide emissions.

Outside the building’s façade Tuesday morning, Garden Streets Lofts developer Larry Bijou was congratulated by officials from Hoboken, Hudson County and the state for his green construction. The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit trade organisation that promotes sustainable buildings, recently designated the building of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. It’s the first mixed residential high-rise in New Jersey.

The building – which has also been recognised as a top green project by the Sustainable Building Industry Council – was reconstructed in 2009 in an effort to receive LEED silver certification based on a meticulous checklist of energy efficiency requirements.

“Saving our heritage buildings is important to preserving our culture in Hoboken.”
-Larry Bijou, Bijou Properties

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