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New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2012

Publication date:  April 2014
Publication reference number:  ME 1148

New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the official annual report of all anthropogenic (human induced) emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory measures New Zealand’s progress against obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

In 1990, New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 60,641.4 gigagrams carbon dioxide equivalent (Gg CO2-e). In 2012, total greenhouse gas emissions had increased by 15,406.5 Gg CO2-e (25.4 per cent) to 76,048.0 Gg CO2-e. The four emission sources that contributed the most to this increase in total emissions were dairy enteric fermentation, road transport, agricultural soils, and consumption of hydrofluorcarbons.

In 2012, net removals under Article 3.3 of the Kyoto Protocol were 14,968.6 Gg CO2-e from land subject to afforestation, reforestation and deforestation. 

Supporting information

New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2012 and Net Position Snapshot April 2014 (summary)

About New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions reporting

Common reporting tables [Zip file 7.3 MB]

Agriculture background files [Zip file 111 KB]

Registry files [Zip file 268 KB]