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New Manufacturing Energy Use Statistics Released
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 March 2007

Manufacturing Energy Use Survey: Year ended March 2006  –  Media Release

The manufacturing industry used 151.97 petajoules of energy for the year ending 31 March 2006, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is roughly equivalent to the total electricity that would be used by 5.3 million households in one year.

This, and other newly available energy-use statistics from the 2006 Manufacturing Energy Use Survey, have been released today by Statistics NZ. The survey was carried out by Statistics NZ, in collaboration with the Ministry for Economic Development and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Although there is information available on energy supply in New Zealand, there is limited information available on energy use; the results of the new Manufacturing Energy Use Survey help to fill this gap.

The wood and paper product manufacturing industry was the largest user of energy, accounting for 38 percent of the total used. Half the energy used by this industry group came from wood and wood-waste products, such as shavings, sawdust and bark.

The food, beverage and tobacco industry was the second-largest user of energy, accounting for almost 24 percent of the total energy used by the manufacturing industry. This was followed by the metal product manufacturing industry, at 20 percent of the total. The remaining industry groups collectively used just under 18 percent of the total.

Electricity was the energy type used in greatest quantity, at almost 35 percent of total energy use. This was followed by wood and wood waste, and natural gas, each at 19 percent.

Fifty-seven percent of businesses reported that they actively recorded and monitored their energy use in the March 2006 year. Nine percent of businesses had a formal energy policy and 37 percent had an informal energy policy.

Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician

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