Consumption is one of four pressures we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The national environmental indicator we use to report on consumption is household consumption expenditure.
This section provides information on New Zealand’s household consumption.
The latest indicator update providing information on household consumption expenditure in New Zealand.
The demand for goods and services by households is a major source of pressure on resources and the environment. Generally speaking, as household consumption grows, environmental pressures grow.
Our purchasing choices directly and indirectly involve the consumption of natural resources and the generation of waste, as goods and services are produced and delivered. The purchase of goods and services can also be directly linked to harmful environmental effects (for example, air pollution produced in manufacturing processes).
It is difficult to measure the physical volume of goods and services consumed by New Zealand households. Instead, we measure the expenditure on goods and services by New Zealand households. This is called household consumption expenditure.
Household consumption expenditure is widely recognised and used internationally as a good indicator of the pressures that consumption can put on the environment. It is also easily assessed across countries, allowing international comparisons to be made.
Last updated: 17 July 2013