New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2013

Publication date: 
April 2015
Publication reference number: 
ME 1195

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.

The common reporting format tables (CRF tables) for the inventory (1990-2013) have been published in July 2015 due to issues with the CRF software. To ensure consistency between the inventory and the CRF tables, the inventory originally published in April 2015 has been updated in July 2015. The updates do not affect New Zealand’s emission trends. The updated inventory includes corrections of typographical errors identified since its original publication in April 2015.  

Supporting information

New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2013 Snapshot (summary)

Registry files [Zip file 268 KB]

New Zealand's greenhouse gas inventory (Explanatory information) 

True-up Report

A 100 day ‘true-up’ period was held after greenhouse gas inventory reviews were completed on all parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Over this period, parties could continue to trade Kyoto units to ensure they have more units than tonnes of CO2-e emitted.

All countries that made commitments to a target for the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol were required to retire Kyoto emission units equal to their actual greenhouse gas emissions for the commitment period, which ran from 2008 to 2012.  The deadline for retirement was the end of the Kyoto true-up period on 18 November 2015.  

New Zealand completed its retirement transaction for the first commitment period in October. We were required to submit a true-up report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change providing details of the units that were retired and the units that the Crown still owns.  

See Report upon expiration of the additional period for fulfilling commitments by New Zealand and related spreadsheets:

For the process and requirements for the true-up see True-up period reporting and review process [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website].

Common reporting format tables (CRF tables)

  • On 31 July 2015, New Zealand submitted its annual report of New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory data covering the period 1990-2013. These are the common reporting format tables (CRF tables) that are part of the national Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

  • The CRF tables were submitted under the UNFCCC (the Convention) only and do not include the supplementary data required under the Kyoto Protocol. The software used to make the submission, the CRF Reporter, was not fully functioning on 30 July 2015 to enable the submission of supplementary data required for the Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry sector under the Kyoto Protocol (KP-LULUCF).

  • To ensure consistency between the Inventory Report and the CRF tables, the Inventory Report was resubmitted on 30 July 2015 with minor updates. The updates do not affect New Zealand’s emission trends. The updated report also includes corrections of typographical errors identified since its original publication in April 2015. 

  • The UNFCCC Secretariat encouraged New Zealand to make a submission of the CRF tables before 1 August 2015 to enable timely review of the GHG Inventory under the Convention. New Zealand will include the supplementary reporting required under the Kyoto Protocol at a later stage when the CRF Reporter is fully functioning.

  • Although New Zealand has taken an unconditional target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2013-2020 under the Convention rather than under the Kyoto Protocol, New Zealand remains a Party to the Kyoto Protocol. For the period 2013-2020, New Zealand will continue to meet the reporting requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. New Zealand intends to make an additional submission of the GHG Inventory to include the supplementary requirements of the Kyoto Protocol reflecting this commitment.

CRF tables (compressed file)

CRF summary data