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Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions: December 2020 quarterly update

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31 May 2021

Australia’s emissions are at their lowest level on record according to the latest Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

The update estimates Australia’s national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions up to the end of 2020.

Emissions in 2020 were 499 million tonnes – 5% or 26.1 million tonnes lower than in 2019. They were 20.1% lower than in 2005 (the baseline year for the Paris Agreement).

The results reflect long-term decreases in emissions from the electricity sector, reduced fugitive emissions and temporary decreases in transport emissions due to COVID-19 restrictions. These reductions were partially offset by increased emissions from the land sector.

Read the report and explore the interactive data

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