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Energy use relative to economic growth

Why we monitor energy use relative to economic growth

This indicator measures the amount of energy used in the Waikato Region relative to economic growth.
Energy use is expressed in joules1 and economic growth is represented by the Region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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What's happening?

The Waikato region’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the year ending 2003 was $9009 million. Contributors to the Region’s economy are grouped according to Australian and New Zealand standard industrial classifications (ANZSIC(external link)). The sectors that contributed most to regional GDP were:

  • manufacturing
  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • property and business services, and
  • wholesale trade.

Energy use involves the consumption of electricity and fuels such as natural gas, petrol, diesel, coal, wood and other oil products. Around 109,043 terajoules (TJ)1 of energy were used in the Region in 2003.

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    When this indicator is updated 

    The Regional Energy Survey will be repeated every four years

    Contact at Waikato Regional Council

    Air Quality Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate


    1. A joule is a unit of energy and heat, with one joule of power per second equalling one watt. A megajoule = 1 X 106 (1 million joules). A gigajoule = 1 X 109 joules (1 billion joules). A terajoule = 1 X 1012 joules.
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