Emissions on the rise

Latest official figures show increase from household transport despite tougher pandemic setting.

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Rising household transport emissions played their part in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increasing 1.7 per cent, or 320 kilotonnes, between the December 2021 and March 2022 quarters.

The latest seasonally adjusted figures from Stats NZ show the largest increase in emissions during that period came from electricity, gas, water, and waste services, up 37 per cent, or 509kt.

Other categories on the up were manufacturing, rising 2.8 per cent and 72kt, and services excluding transport, postal, and warehousing by 9.5 per cent, or 62kt.

Total household emissions rose by 1.5 per cent, or 29kt, in the March 2022 quarter, when compared with the last three months of 2021.

This category’s numbers were largely driven by household transport emissions, which were up two per cent, or 35kt.

Stats NZ notes household transport emissions increased despite the country entering the Covid-19 red traffic light setting on January 23 this year after the first omicron community cases were confirmed.

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