Transport changes can drive down emissions
Nearly all New Zealand's transport is powered by oil, creating 21% of our total emissions. Less than 1% of our transport is fuelled by renewable energy, such as clean electricity.
Low-emissions transport is the single best opportunity to cut our energy-related carbon emissions.
How we use transport fuel
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of light vehicle ownership in the world, with nearly 800 light vehicles for every 1,000 people.
Two-thirds of New Zealand new vehicles are SUVs or utes, which consume much more fuel than a regular car.
Transport emissions are increasing
Total transport emissions are trending upwards, from 14.4 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 16.6 Mt CO2-e in 2018.
What EECA is doing
We're working to reduce transport emissions in New Zealand by co-funding decarbonisation opportunities, motivating people and businesses to change behaviour, and improving vehicle efficiency via regulations.