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.

View MBIE's energy balance tables(external link)

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.

View more in MfE's interactive emissions tracker(external link)

Transport is responsible for about 48% of our energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Ministry for the Environment, 2020

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.

Our insights on low emission transport