Highs and lows for NZ in environment report

New Zealand’s environmental performance is a mixed bag according the latest report from the OECD, with greenhouse gas emissions and waste disposal looking particularly poor compared to other developed countries.

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Timaru Landfill. Credit: Samuel Mann / Flickr

The Environment at a Glance 2015 report draws on international data to compare countries across a wide rang of environmental indicators. Some of the key rankings for New Zealand include:

  • third lowest in the OECD in terms of exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution
  • fifth highest for greenhouse gas emission per capita (17 tonnes equivalent CO2 per capita)
  • worst in waste disposal, with an apparent 100 per cent of waste sent to landfill (a statistic debated by the Ministry for the Environment)
  • number one for spending of government R&D budget on environmental research (10 percent of total R&D budget).

Coverage of the report’s analysis of New Zealand includes:

MSN NZ News:NZ Shamed in OECD enviro report
3 News: Environment report shows NZ isn’t that green
Radio New Zealand: Ministry blasts report on NZ’s environment record