EV Batteries – Where Did They Come From and Where Are They Going?

Several years ago, Li-ion batteries, as used in mobile phones, computers, portable tools and a myriad of other devices were considered a fairly benign object, except for the possibility that they may rarely, spontaneously burst into flames. There was little conversation about how they were made and what you might do with the old, worn out ones. All that changed when Nissan and Tesla brought out electric vehicles that were capable of replacing fossil fuelled vehicles and governments started to adopt strategies to encourage EV uptake in our private transport fleets.

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May 2020

– The end of plastic?
– “Bath sponge” breakthrough in hydrogen storage
– Large areas of London, UK to become car-free
– Where Nature Ends
– City mayors pledge no return to Business-as-usual post Covid-19
– Electric vehicle battery advances

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Submission In Response To: Accelerating Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency

Accelerating the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency are both very important steps that need to be taken, and we agree with many of the suggestions in the Discussion Document. However, given the extreme climate emergency we are currently now facing, with the strong possibility of catastrophic outcomes if it is not adequately addressed, these steps on their own are not nearly enough for New Zealand to contribute sufficiently towards holding global heating below the current internationally agreed limit of 1.5°C.

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The Kiwi Bottle Drive – New Zealand’s Grass Roots Campaign For The Re-Introduction of Bottle Deposits

A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) would recycle an extra 750 million beverage containers each year, create over 2,000 new jobs and reduce the impact of plastic on our oceans. Yet the packaging industry continues to undermine the public’s desire and the political will for change. What can we do to ensure New Zealand catches up with other countries that are leading the way on reducing single-use packaging and the harm it causes?

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