Industrial and trade powering up energy efficiency
Industrial and trade powering up energy efficiency – Media release
17 October 2013
Big energy users are looking for ways to reduce energy use and costs, Statistics New Zealand said today.
Total energy use by the industrial and trade sector was almost 275,000 terajoules in 2012. “This equates to every Kiwi making more than 2,500 cups of coffee a day for a year, with an average coffee machine,” energy statistics manager Hamish Hill said.
In 2012, almost three-quarters of businesses in the sector had initiatives in place to manage their energy use. Manufacturing industry businesses led the way, with more than 80 percent of businesses having energy-management initiatives.
Manufacturing is the biggest user, accounting for more than half the total energy of this sector. “The total yearly amount used by manufacturing is equivalent to making almost 22,000 trips between Christchurch and London on a Boeing 747,” Mr Hill said.
The industrial and trade sector includes businesses that use heavy machinery for manufacturing, construction, and power generation, as well as businesses in passenger and freight transportation, and those in wholesale and retail trade.
Electricity, diesel, and coal remained the main energy sources for the industrial and trade sector, contributing to more than two-thirds of the total energy use.
This is the second time energy use data has been collected for the industrial and trade sector. Total energy use for the sector overall has stayed fairly steady. It increased less than 3 percent from 2009.
The New Zealand Energy Use Survey covers each of the primary, industrial and trade, and services sectors over a three-year period.