Homes and businesses lead energy efficiency gains, cars lag behind

Thu, 13 Sep 2012

By Pattrick Smellie Sept 13 (BusinessDesk) - A swing away from heavy industry, more use of electricity for home heating and dramatically better use of planes contributed to an overall improvement in New Zealand's energy efficiency between 1990 and 2011, new figures from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment show. However, the mining sector has become much more energy intensive over the same period and the move to larger cars and less use of public transport has seen the overall energy efficiency performance of passenger vehicles...

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