Airing a new scheme

Emissions trading


New Zealand's carbon emissions output is growing at a startling rate. While the country's annual emissions of around 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent represent less than 1% of the global total, New Zealand has the 12th highest per capita emissions level globally, due to reliance on private transport and emissions-intensive industries.

Emissions from fuel combustion have risen by 50% since 1990, significantly more than the 28% global rate of increase. Emissions from thermal electrici