Industry-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up

 July 2021   
Industry-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up

Industry-related emissions were up 2.5% to 75,143 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2019, says Stats NZ.

This is the highest recorded level since the series began in 2007. Emissions from households dipped slightly, down 0.3% to 9,828 kilotonnes CO2-e. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions from industries and households increased 2.1% (1,778 kilotonnes), compared with 2018.

The top five contributors to industry and household emissions in 2019 were:

•  agriculture, forestry, and fishing, 43 megatonnes CO2-e (51% of total emissions)

•  manufacturing, 12 megatonnes CO2-e (14%)

•  households, 9.8 megatonnes CO2-e (12%)

•  electricity, gas, water, and waste services, 8.1 megatonnes CO2-e (9.6%)

•  transport, postal, and warehousing, 5.9 megatonnes CO2-e (6.9%).

Greenhouse gas emissions (industry and household): Year ended 2019 includes estimates for 114 industries, households, and tourism (a cross-cutting industry). Industry emissions intensity, where greenhouse gas emissions are compared to gross domestic product (GDP), is also available for selected industries, giving a full picture of New Zealand’s industry emissions profile.

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