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Latest Figures On Emissions From Energy & Industry

MEDIA STATEMENT


Wednesday, 27 August 2008


Latest Figures On Emissions From Energy And Industrial Processes Released


The Ministry of Economic Development today released the 2008 edition of the Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions report which contains information on emissions from energy and industrial processes to the end of 2007.

The report assists in meeting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions reporting obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The report also contains a wealth of useful material for those with an interest in greenhouse gas emissions.

Key features of the latest report are:

• Total emissions from the energy sector were around 4% lower in 2007 than in 2006.

• Emissions from thermal electricity generation were around 18% lower in 2007 than in 2006 due to the commissioning of the Huntly e3p combined cycle gas turbine and the relatively high hydro storage levels that were maintained through the year.

• Growth in emissions from transport appears to have slowed in recent years, with an average annual growth rate of 1% since 2004.

• Emissions from gas combustion increased by 11%, mainly due to fuel switching for thermal electricity generation.

• Emissions from coal combustion decreased by 34% between 2006 and 2007, due largely to a lower amount of coal used for thermal electricity generation in 2007 as a result of the commissioning of e3p and favourable hydrological conditions.

• Emissions from industrial processes increased by 6% between 2006 and 2007.

The report, and more detailed supplementary data tables, are available from the MED website: http://www.med.govt.nz/energy/ghg/

Hard copies of the report cost $40 (excluding postage and GST) and can be ordered from the MED website.


ENDS

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