Manufacturers biggest users of NZ energy
New Zealand’s manufacturing industry was the largest user of total energy in the year ended March 2017, accounting for 49 percent of total energy use, compared with 62 percent in 2012, the country’s statistics department Stats NZ said on Tuesday. “The manufacturing industry includes a wide range of sub-industries, such as printing, furniture and food manufacturing,” business performance senior manager Daria Kwon said in a statement. “We’ve seen that manufacturing has consistently been the largest user of energy,” Kwon said, adding that the transport, postal, and warehousing industry had the largest increase in total energy use. Meanwhile, diesel was the most-used fuel type in the sector in 2017, accounting for 27 percent of total energy use, Stats NZ said, adding that the industrial and trade sector used 2.3 billion liters of diesel in 2017, up 36 percent from 1.7 billion liters in 2012.