New Zealand's total and net greenhouse gas emissions

1990–2017, kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent


LULUCF: Land use, land-use change and forestry. A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities.
CO2: carbon dioxide
CH4: methane
N2O: nitrous oxide
HFCs: hydrofluorocarbons
PFCs: perfluorocarbons
SF6: sulphur hexafluoride

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The inventory reports greenhouse gas emissions and removals from five sectors:
- agriculture
- energy (eg, emissions from transport and electricity generation)
- industrial processes and product use (IPPU) (eg, cement production and refrigeration)
- land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)
- waste.
The most recent inventory report covered the following direct greenhouse gases:
carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
Only emissions and removals of these six direct greenhouse gases are included in the national greenhouse gas total.


The inventory also reports indirect greenhouse gases but they are not included in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas total. These gases do not have a direct warming effect, but react with other gases in the atmosphere and increase the concentration of greenhouse gases.
The indirect gases are: oxides of nitrogen (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs).

Changes to data collection/processing

The continuous improvement of inventory development and reporting is a fundamental requirement under the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC. When inventory improvements are made, it is good practice to recalculate the entire time series to ensure the consistency of emission trends. Recalculated estimates can result from any one improvement or a combination of improvements in activity data, emission factors, methodology or when additional emission sources are identified.
In 2017, for the first time, emissions from Tokelau are included in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas inventory. In 2017, emissions from Tokelau were 0.004% of New Zealand’s gross emissions.

Data provided by

Ministry for the Environment

Dataset name

New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: CRF summary data 2017


How to find the data

Click on 'CRF Summary data' at the bottom of the page to download the file.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: CRF summary data 2017

From the dataset New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: CRF summary data 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Emissions by sector
  • Range: B3:I30
  • Provided: 224 data points

This data forms the table Environment - Greenhouse gas emissions by sector 1990–2017.

Dataset originally released on:

April 2019

About this dataset

New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the official annual report of all anthropogenic (human induced) emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory measures New Zealand’s progress against obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.