Energy End Use Database

Tracking New Zealand's use of fossil fuels and low-carbon energy using an online data visualisation tool.

Publication date: November 2021

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About the database

The Energy End Use Database (EEUD) gives the latest data on energy use in New Zealand homes and businesses, use of fossil fuel and low-carbon energy, and how the transition to low-carbon energy is tracking.

EECA has updated the EEUD with 2020 figures, providing four years of information in a new online open data visualisation tool and a downloadable spreadsheet of the entire dataset.

The database provides annual estimates of how energy is used across the New Zealand economy. Delivered energy estimates are provided for fuel types, sectors, end uses and technologies, using published data covering 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 calendar years.

The updated dataset is now available as an online data visualisation application showcasing the results with a user-friendly interactive interface. The data is also available as a downloadable spreadsheet of the entire dataset.

Key insights and methodology [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Key Insights

Fossil fuel use for energy continues to dominate key industrial sectors, and in New Zealand’s overall energy profile. Renewables, mainly in the form of wood and geothermal, are used significantly in the wood, pulp and paper sectors.

At the national level, energy consumption dipped in 2020, (related to the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown). This dip is reflected in most business sectors and can be seen in the top five stationary (non-transport) energy consumption sectors. However, energy use in the residential sector increased about 2% from 2019 to 2020.

Top 5 Business Sectors and the Residential Sector – Stationary Energy Consumption
2020 - Top 6 End Uses – Stationary Energy Consumption (does not include transport).

Sector insights

Dairy Product Manufacturing accounts for 11% of all non-transport related energy use.

The dairy product manufacturing sector is one of the largest energy using sectors in New Zealand, accounting for around 11% of all stationary energy use in 2020. In 2020 total consumption dipped slightly in line with most business sectors. Coal and natural gas dominate the sector’s fuel profile, accounting for 85% of total stationary energy in 2020. 62% of total stationary energy used was for process heat.

Dairy Product Manufacturing – Stationary Energy Consumption
Dairy Product Manufacturing – Stationary Energy Consumption.

Petrochemical Product Manufacturing

The petrochemical product manufacturing sector is another large energy using sector in New Zealand, accounting for around 11% of all stationary energy used in 2020.  In 2018 energy consumption dipped due to outages which constrained production in the second half of the year.  In 2020 consumption dipped again due to the April 2020 Covid lockdown period, global price reductions and gas supply reductions.  Natural gas dominates the sector’s fuel profile, accounting for 87% of total stationary energy in 2020.  83% of total stationary energy used was for high temperature process heat. 

Petrochemical Product Manufacturing – Stationary Energy Consumption
Petrochemical Product Manufacturing – Stationary Energy Consumption.

About the data

The EEUD was initially created by EECA in 2007. A revised and improved dataset was released publicly in 2020 and was available through open data.

Data is always released for the previous year soon after the MBIE Energy Balances are released.
Energy use estimates are derived using a ‘top down’ approach based on MBIE’s annual high-level sector/fuel energy demand data and proportioned into further disaggregated sectors, end use applications and technology values using ‘bottom up’ data held by EECA.

For clarity, the ‘end use’ values expressed in the EEUD represent how delivered energy is split between its uses in given sectors. The delivered energy end use values are different to the ‘actual’ end use energy volumes when efficiencies and losses are accounted for.

Transport data is currently being revised, with plans to release improved and updated transport data at a future date.
For more information about the EEUD, please email info@eeca.govt.nz

 

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