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Reducing government fleet emissions

We have a goal that the government's fleet should be emissions free by 2025/26. This aligns with the government’s priority to transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

In December 2020, the Government implemented an ‘electric vehicles first’ policy for the government fleet to accelerate its transition to low-emissions vehicles.

Mandated agencies must now choose a battery electric vehicle (or a plug-in hybrid if a battery electric is not appropriate), when replacing a vehicle. Before considering a vehicle replacement, mandated agencies must also optimise their fleets with the goal of reducing their number of vehicles.

Mandated and eligible agencies

Where battery electric vehicles are not appropriate for the required use mandate agencies are required to choose a plug-in hybrid.

If an agency can show that there is an operational requirement or other circumstance preventing it from replacing a vehicle with a battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle it can request an exemption.

These requirements are part of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme that aims to make a number of government organisations carbon neutral from 2025. They are expected to accelerate progress towards the goal that the government’s fleet should be emissions free by 2025/26.

About the Carbon Neutral Government Programme - Ministry for the Environment — Manatū Mō Te Taiao

This page shows progress towards transitioning the government fleet to low-emissions vehicles and is updated quarterly. Agencies can use this tool to see how they are tracking in comparison to other agencies and encourages them to transition to an emissions free fleet.

For further information on Cabinet’s decisions on the Carbon Neutral Government Programme read Leading the way: Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme.

Leading the way: Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme [PDF, 462 KB] - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Hīkina Whakatutuki

Overall government fleet statistics
Measure Quarter 4 FY-20/21 Quarter 3 FY-20/21
Average emissions CO2 (g/km) 153.04 155.21
Total estimated CO2 emissions (g/km) 2,347,094 2,376,028
Percentage of electric vehicles in fleet (including battery electric vehicles and plug in hybrid vehicles) 2.37% 1.90%
Number of battery electric vehicles in the fleet 260 191
Number of plug in hybrid vehicles in the fleet 91 90
Overall fleet size 14,755 14,778

Progress towards net-zero emissions

This graph represents the total estimated emissions profile of the government fleet, as of Quarter 4, 20/21. Emissions are measured in grams of CO2 per kilometre. The solid line is the government's total estimated CO2 emissions (g/km). The dash line represents the target reduction in emissions, taking into account the immediate 20 percent reduction that is required by agencies.

actual vs target total target emissions reduction

Agencies with highest emissions

This table shows the 16 mandated agencies that have the highest average vehicle emissions profiles across their light vehicle fleet, as of Quarter 4, 20/21. Agencies are ranked by the average CO2 ratings across their fleet, measured in grams per kilometre.

Highest average vehicle emissions by agency

Agency Fleet size Average CO2 (g/km)
New Zealand Antarctic Institute 7 248
Public Trust 12 228
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited 81 216
Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa — Pike River Recovery Agency 9 216
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited 7 210
Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) 1 206
Fire and Emergency New Zealand 1,097 206
AgResearch Limited 54 204
New Zealand Police 3,339 192
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited 115 191
Maritime New Zealand 49 186
Land Information New Zealand 6 185
Department of Corrections 1,256 184
New Zealand Defence Force 111 184
Department of Conservation 813 183
Ministry for Primary Industries 535 183

Agencies with lowest emissions

This table shows the 16 mandated agencies that have the lowest average vehicle emissions across their light vehicle fleet, as of Quarter 4, 20/21. Agencies are ranked by the average CO2 ratings across their fleet, measured in grams per kilometre.

Lowest average vehicle emissions by agency

Agency Fleet size Average CO2 (g/km)
Serious Fraud Office 1 39
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise 24 75
Education Review Office 67 85
Statistics New Zealand 40 93
Accident Compensation Corporation 135 98
Television New Zealand Limited 55 108
Wairarapa District Health Board 18 110
South Canterbury District Health Board 72 111
Ministry of Justice 209 112
Waikato District Health Board 105 112
Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities 646 113
Hawke's Bay District Health Board 58 116
Capital and Coast District Health Board 273 117
Ministry of Education 585 118
Ministry of Social Development 491 118
Inland Revenue Department 82 122

Methodology

Methodology

  • The agency fleet size reported:
    • Represent only an estimate of each agency’s fleet, based on the New Zealand Transport Agency Motor Vehicle Registry.
    • includes only light vehicles (those less than 3,500kg).
    • excludes motorcycles (including mopeds) and trailers.
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions figures and fuel economy figures are obtained from Rightcar (rightcar.govt.nz) (more information on Rightcar's methodology for calculating emissions can be found at CO2 emissions ratings and Fuel economy ratings).
  • Agency fleet size and emissions data is updated quarterly.
  • Emissions are represented in grams of CO2 released per kilometre (g/km).
  • The “average CO2 (g/km)” figure:
    • reported for each agency is an average of the emissions ratings across all light vehicles in their fleet; and
    • does not take into account the distance travelled by fleet vehicles, as data on this is not yet available.
  • The “total estimated emissions” figure:
    • is calculated by multiplying the quantity of each vehicle type by their average emissions and adding them together
    • ((Qty of passenger car/van * average emissions passenger car/van) + (Qty of goods van/truck/utility * average emissions goods van/truck/utility)) / total fleet size
  • The dashboard does not capture any other activities that agencies may be pursuing to lower their emissions (for example making use of car sharing schemes).
  • The dashboard is based on estimate data only and should not be relied upon, for more information please see our disclaimer.
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