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  • Andrew von Dadelszen


Source: AECOM, for BOPRC, Sept-22

When we think about Climate Change and how to reduce our emissions to save our planet, it pays to understand the depth of the issues.

AECOM was contracted by BOP Regional Council to report on the Bay of Plenty’s Greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020/2021 year. Total emissions in this year were 5,538,003 tonnes of CO2e.

To put this into perspective - White Island emits 2,300 t/CO2e daily – that is 839,500 tonnes annually (or equivalent to 15% of Bay of Plenty's total emissions).

  • Transport (road & air) accounts for 44% of total emissions at 2,436,721 t/CO2e. Petrol cars make you just 9.7% of total BOP emissions (536,078 t/CO2e). Moving all commuters from their cars to public transport to reduce emissions will not even match White Islands emissions. Yes, we do need to move more commuters onto buses, but the best environmental, economic and social outcomes that we will achieve will be that we reduce congestion. Emissions is just a smoke screen...

  • Agriculture (livestock & crops) accounts for 34% of our regional emissions, and most of it is methane (a short-term gas). The reality is that because there is no allowance for agricultural sequestration, the net emissions is likely to be negative.

  • Stationary Energy (consumption of electricity & natural gas) produces 16% of our gross emissions. The current government’s ban on oil & gas exploration has just seen a huge increase in imported Indonesian (dirty) coal being burnt at Huntly, in order to maintain our energy supply.

Bay of Plenty Greenhouse gas emissions 2020/21

We need pragmatism, not the “loony” ideology of the left.


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