Official: Greenhouse gas emissions fell under National

MFE has published the latest greenhouse gas inventory and its inconvenient for the left.

The left claimed for nine years child poverty increased under National, when in fact it fell on seven out of nine measures.

They also claimed that greenhouse gas emissions skyrocketed under National, when in fact they fell.

Here’s gross emissions for 1999, 2008 and 2017:

  • 1999: 74.1 mt
  • 2008: 81.3 mt so an increase of 9.7% under Labour
  • 2017: 80.9 mt so a decrease of 0.5% under National

Here’s the change from 2008 to 2017 by sector:

  • Energy -5.5%
  • Industrial +15.6%
  • Agriculture +3.7%
  • Waste -12.0%

Now consider this against the fact James Shaw is promising emissions will rise under Labour/Greens for the next six years.

NB: I’ve used gross emissions as the offsets from forestry tend to be relatively short-lived.

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