National greenhouse gas emissions up 1.4% in 2016


The Department of Environment and Energy has released its quarterly update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for December 2016 after a delay during which figures for September were not released. The previous update was June 2016.

The recent figures show that for the December quarter 2016, national emissions levels, excluding the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector, increased by 0.4 per cent relative to the previous quarter on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis. For the year to December 2016, emissions increased 1.4 per cent on the previous year.

Total emissions for Australia for the year to December 2016 (including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) are estimated to be 543.3 Mt CO2 -e. This figure is 2.0 per cent below emissions in 2000 (554.4 Mt CO2 -e), and 10.2 per cent below emissions in 2005 (605.0 Mt CO2 -e)

On a per capita basis, emissions per capita in the year to December 2016 have fallen 34.6 per cent since 1990, while the emissions intensity of the economy has fallen 58.0 per cent since 1990.

The electricity sector has experienced the largest growth, increasing by 62.7 Mt CO2 -e between 1990 and the year to December 2016. Electricity generation is the largest source of emissions in the national inventory, accounting for 35% of emissions in the year to December 2016.

In percentage terms, electricity increased 48.4% and stationary energy excluding electricity grew 44.0%.

Emissions from transport grew 55.4%, fugitive emissions increased by 19.8%, and industrial processes and product use increased 27.0%.

In contrast, emissions from the waste and agriculture sectors have decreased by 42.0% and 12.5% respectively since 1990.

The quarterly update can be downloaded here.

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