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Massive drop in fuel use during lockdown

Submitted by Bevan Weir on 15 September, 2020 - 21:07

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:

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.