Australia's greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb


The Federal Government's Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for March 2018 has been released, showing that national emissions levels for the March quarter 2018 increased 0.3 per cent relative to the previous quarter on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis.

Emissions for the year to March 2018 increased 1.3 per cent or 6.8 Mt CO2-e, mainly driven by LNG production for export, with volumes increasing 25.4 per cent and values increasing by 38 per cent to a forecast $30.8 billion.

The update provides estimates of Australia’s national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions up to the March quarter of 2018, and emissions from the National Electricity Market (NEM) up to the June quarter 2018.

Electricity sector emissions declined by 13.9 per cent (29.2 Mt CO2-e) in the year to March 2018, from the peak recorded in the year to March 2009. Emissions from the NEM for the year to June 2018 decreased 4.4 per cent on the previous year and for the June quarter 2018 increased by 0.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis. Fugitive emissions in the energy sector rose 13.7% in the year to March.

Emissions per capita, and the emissions intensity of the economy, were at their lowest levels in 28 years. Emissions per capita in the year to March 2018 have fallen 36 per cent since 1990, while the emissions intensity of the economy has fallen 59 per cent since 1990.

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