The Federal Government has released its quarterly update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for December 2017, showing that in the year to December 2017 Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.5% (including land use, land use change and forestry).
Fugitive emissions from the production, processing, transport, storage, transmission and distribution of fossil fuels, such as coal, crude oil and natural gas, increased by 10.5% over the year to December 2017, driven by a 17.6% increase in natural gas production.
There was a 3.1% decrease in emissions from the electricity sector. According to the report, this decrease reflected weakening demand in the National Electricity Market and a reduction in brown coal generation.
Stationary energy use, which includes emissions from direct combustion of fuels, predominantly in manufacturing, mining, residential and commercial sectors, increased by 3.8%. This was largely caused by a 41.4% increase in LNG production in 2017 with a further 18.1% increase forecasted for 2018.
Emissions per capita, and the emissions intensity of the economy, were at their lowest levels in 28 years in the year to December 2017. Emissions per capita in the year to December 2017 have fallen 36.3 per cent since 1990, while the emissions intensity of the economy has fallen 59.4 per cent since 1990.