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This week in SnippETS  we start by looking at things we can do ourselves to get things moving towards the achievement of the SDGs, then focus on some new technologies in the private sector, some new farming ideas, and to finish, some ideas on the many factors affecting EV sales.


Individuals living more sustainably is going to make the biggest difference in achieving the SDGs and limiting climate change. That does not just mean buying an EV, and hoping the government incentivises more wind and solar farms… those are minor in the relative importance of sustainable options we all have. Many of the others discussed here are ones we can achieve as individuals, and they will all add up to make a real difference....Read More



New technologies are becoming more evident in the private sector. In the industrial context, it is not always the case that renewable energy is the pathway to reducing carbon emissions. Take for example aluminium smelting, where, in NZ, the electricity comes from renewable hydro power. The smelting process releases large quantities of CO2 as the carbon rich anodes are destroyed... that was, until a new process that removes carbon from the equation was developed...Read More


If anyone has still has doubts about the viability of the future of battery storage and its place in the grid, Tesla’s 100MW battery in South Australia is making a good case. After four months, the battery, which is a mere 2% of total capacity, is bringing in 55% of revenues for the region, and lowering the market price by 90%. This certainly sounds like a private sector success story!...Read More