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NZ Forest carbon sequestration snapshot update

2 May 2024

The Ministry for the Environment just released the NZ Greenhouse Gas Inventory report that covers data from 1990 to 2022. It is a reporting requirement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.

Overall, NZ’s emissions have increased 14% from 1990, but have been decreasing over the last several years.

Between 1990 and 2022, net removals from the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry sector (LULUCF) decreased by 21%. This decrease is largely due to a reduction in removals from forest growth, driven by the comparatively high forest-harvest rates currently occurring in Aotearoa New Zealand’s planted forests.

In 2021, forests reduced gross national emissions by 27.5%.

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Source: Ministry for the Environment

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