Energy use has not returned to pre-COVID levels

We've updated our 'Energy use by fuel type and sector' factsheet, taking in the latest statistics from MBIE.

Here are the key findings:

  • Energy consumption didn’t rebound to pre-COVID levels during 2021. It’s likely restrictions on travel and economic activity in response to the Delta coronavirus variant may be the cause of this.
  • The industrial sector consumed its lowest quantity of energy in ten years.
  • The amount of energy used per capita sector decreased compared with 1990, reflecting more sustainable or efficient uses of energy.
  • Oil was the primary fuel type used in New Zealand between 1990 and 2021, with as much energy consumed as oil as in all other forms combined in 2021, mostly in the domestic transport sector.

You can learn more by reading the factsheet...

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