Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Energy consumption keeps growing

New Zealand's energy consumption has continued to grow, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Economic Development.

Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson today released the latest edition of the Ministry's biannual Energy Data File.

The file shows total energy consumption was 426.34 petajoules in the year to September 1999, a 1.3% increase over the preceding September year.

Over the last 10 years total consumption growth has averaged 1.8% a year. The main area of growth has been the consumption of oil products, increasing at an average 3.5% a year. Oil product consumption now constitutes 48% of total energy use.

Petrol makes up 47% of oil product consumption and diesel 37%. Growth in diesel consumption at about 7% a year has outstripped growth in petrol consumption, averaging 1.7%.

"These figures clearly demonstrate the magnitude of the challenge posed by the climate change issue. Limiting emissions of carbon dioxide from the use of transport fuels will not be easy," Mr Hodgson said.

The data file shows electricity consumption has grown at around 1.8% a year over the last decade. Consumption of gas (excluding electricity generation but including petrochemical manufacturing and co-generation) has grown by about 1.9% a year. Most of this increase is attributed to increasing co-generation.

"One of my aims as Energy Minister is to shift the policy focus from production to consumption of energy," Mr Hodgson said. "Improving the efficiency of our energy use is the most profitable route to economic, social and environmental gains."

Contacts : Graeme Speden, press secretary, 04 471 9707 or 025 270 9055
Dr Ram SriRamaratnam, Ministry of Economic Development, 04 474 2180

http://www.moc.govt.nz/ran/emisg/emsu/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news