Massive drop in fuel use during lockdown

By Bevan Weir, 15 September, 2020

Thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand I have spent most of my working days at home rather than going to the office. Since I have a 50 km commute per day, I noticed that I am using much less petrol in the car. This got me wondering if this was a universal trend. I pulled the quarterly stats from MBIE and did a quick plot. The results of the last quarter are dramatic:

line graph showing drop in fuel use

This can only have net positive effects on the environment, hopefully some of this reduction in carbon emissions can be sustained as life and the economy trend back to normality.


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