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greenhouse gas emissions up in 2019 – Media release

8 July 2021

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

This is the highest recorded level since
the series began in 2007. Emissions from households dipped slightly, down
0.3 percent to 9,828 kilotonnes CO2-e. As a result, greenhouse
gas emissions from industries and households increased 2.1 percent (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 percent of total emissions)
  • manufacturing, 12 megatonnes CO2-e
    (14 percent)
  • households, 9.8 megatonnes CO2-e
    (12 percent)
  • electricity, gas, water, and waste services,
    8.1 megatonnes CO2-e (9.6 percent)
  • transport, postal, and warehousing, 5.9 megatonnes
    CO2-e (6.9 percent).

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