Energy is one of four pressures we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The two national environmental indicators we use to report on energy are energy supply and energy demand.
This section provides information on the amount of energy consumed in New Zealand, by fuel type and by sector, and the demand for energy.
The latest environmental indicators providing information on the amount of energy consumed (supply), and energy demand in New Zealand.
Energy is an essential part of almost all our industrial, commercial, transport and household activities. A secure and sustainable energy supply is therefore vital to ensuring New Zealand’s continued economic and social well-being.
New Zealand has access to a range of energy sources, both renewable (hydro, geothermal, wood, wind, biogas and solar) and non-renewable (oil, gas and coal).
All forms of energy production and use have an impact on the environment. For example, the extraction and processing of fossil fuels affects adjacent air, land and sea and burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change through a build-up of greenhouse gases.
Recognising the environmental impacts associated with energy production and use, and tracking how New Zealand’s energy profile is changing over time is important when developing energy policy. It gives decision-makers the information they need to set the environmental and health impacts of energy options alongside economic and other considerations.
Last updated: 17 July 2013