Following on from the post about the data on internationally-sourced emission units that have been imported into New Zealand, I have uploaded two more data files to Google Sheets. They are in comma-separated values (CSV) format.
The first sheet is NZETS-2010-2014-final-allocations-for-eligible-activities-csv which is five years of data on the free allocation (gifting) of New Zealand Units (NZUs) to emitting industries under the New Zealand emissions trading scheme (or NZETS).
This file combines into one sheet the numbers of units allocated (which are recorded in separate 'by year' tables) from the 'Industrial allocation decisions' pages on the Ministry for the Environment's climate change website.
The second sheet is Kyoto Unit Holdings by Account 2008 - 2014 which is seven years worth of data listing all account holders in the NZ Emission Unit Register who held a balance of Kyoto Protocol emission units at 31 December of each year. This sheet combines all the seven year by year sheets linked to on the post about Kyoto emission units
The Kyoto units are the Assigned Amount Units (AAUs), the Emission Reduction Units (which are otherwise known as the the dubious Russian or Ukrainian emission units), the Removal Units (RMUs) and the Certified Emission Reduction units (CERs). Oddly, there is no requirement for the Emission Unit Register to disclose the year end balances of New Zealand emission units (NZUs) held by account holders.
How do we use this data? We need a worked example.
Let's assume we are interested in New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited, the operator of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. I mean, who isn't interested in the Godfather of the New Zealand emissions trading scheme?
All we have to do with our Google sheet is apply a filter to the top row, the column headings, select the third or 'C' column 'Activity', and then open a drop down dialogue box and then hit 'clear selection' then select 'Aluminium smelting'.
That tells us that New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited received the following annual allocations of emission units.
2010 210,421 2011 437,681 2012 301,244 2013 1,524,172 2014 755,987
In other words, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters were given millions of NZ emission units for free from 2010 to 2014. A total of 3,229,505 to be exact. A bar plot of the annual allocations looks like this.
So what happened in 2013? The free allocation to New Zealand Aluminium Smelters increased by a factor of five. Maybe that can wait for another post.
Here is the R script/code for the bar chart.