Australia’s greenhouse emission results for 2006 and a
preliminary result for 2007 have been released and show that
emissions remain on track to meet the Kyoto target.
In 2006, Australia’s greenhouse emissions were 104.2 per
cent of 1990 levels at 576 million tonnes. In 2007, emissions were
estimated to be 585 million tonnes or 106 per cent of 1990
Strong growth in energy use in 2007 saw energy-use related
emissions increase by 12 million tonnes to 378 million tonnes. The
results highlight how much change is needed to move the economy
from a high emissions economy of the past to the low emissions
economy of the future.
A Green Paper on the design of an emissions trading scheme will
be released in July this year.
Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts comprises four
annual reports. The National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the
State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories and the
National Inventory by Economic Sector report
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions using the accounting
rules for the Kyoto Protocol emissions targets. The National
Inventory Report is prepared for the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change using separate accounting rules.
For more information, to access the online database –
Australia’s Greenhouse Emissions Information System –
or for a copy of the reports, go to: www.climatechange.gov.au/inventory