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Planet Ark World Environment News FACTBOX: New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile

Date: 11-Aug-09
Author: Adrian Bathgate

WELLINGTON - New Zealand said on Monday it will aim to cut its carbon emissions between 10 and 20 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels.

The exact size of reductions will depend on the target adopted by developed countries during negotiations on a broader global climate pact due to be finalized in the Danish capital later this year.

New Zealand's total emissions increased by 24 percent from 1990 to 2008, which the government had previously said would make setting a target difficult.


AGRICULTURE - 48 PERCENT: Primarily methane emissions from cattle and sheep, which number about 10 million and 33 million respectively. New Zealand is unique among developed countries for having such a high proportion of emissions from agriculture, with the average for developed countries about 12 percent.

ENERGY - 44 PERCENT: Mainly transport (19 percent) and electricity generation (11 percent) and manufacturing (7 percent). Transport is mostly made up from burning fuel for cars and trucks while electricity generation is from power stations fueled mostly by gas and coal.

INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES - 5 PERCENT: The bulk of this comes from the production of iron, steel and aluminum.


RENEWABLES: The country relies on hydro, geothermal and wind power to supply more than 60 percent of the nation's electricity.

Sources: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, New Zealand government

(Editing by David Fogarty)

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