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National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: December 2016

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Quarterly Update (incorporating the Quarterly Update: September 2016 quarter)
Publication Date: 
July 2017

Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. These publications fulfil Australia’s international and domestic inventory reporting requirements. The Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory reports on the latest estimates of Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory.

This Quarterly Update provides:

  • estimates of Australia's national inventory up to the December quarter of 2016.

Key data

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 the 2005 (605.0 Mt CO2-e).

For the December quarter 2016, national emissions levels, excluding the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector, have increased 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.

Emissions per capita and the emissions intensity of the economy, including the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector, were both at their lowest levels in 27 years in 2016. 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 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Emissions per capita and per dollar of real GDP (incl. LULUCF), year to December 1990 to 2016

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