In a world-first, University of Canterbury Hydrological and Ecological Engineering researchers have filed a patent application for their invention the Storminator™, which could be exactly the weapon that our waterways need.
That's a huge increase from the Productivity Commission's estimate of between 2 to 5 percent. The carbon footprint of New Zealand's buildings currently takes into account operational emissions like heating and lighting.
But the author of the Thinkstep report, Jeff Vickers, said their approach only took into account what was produced, not what was consumed.
"If you factor in the whole life cycle so taking account of production of the building products, also the operational energy and end of life, you get to a number that's 20 percent of New Zealand's total.
"It changes the game on how significant the built environment really is," he said.
In the year to November 2017, China purchased almost $26 million of waste and recyclables from New Zealand, according to data from Stats NZ. That was almost half of the $57.25 million that went overseas that year. In 2016 we sent $21m worth of waste to China, made up of $8.2m of plastic, $3.1m of …