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National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2020

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Quartely Update
Publication Date: 
November 2020

The Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory reports on the latest estimates of Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory. This update provides estimates of Australia’s national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions up to the June quarter of 2020.

Interactive data

Annual emissions

This interactive graph shows annual emissions by year from June 1990 to June 2020.

You can select data by sector and see changes in emissions over several years. Mouse over and click to view emissions for any year.

Source: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Quarterly emissions

This interactive graph shows emissions by quarter from September 1999 to June 2020.

You can select data by sector. Mouse over and click to view actual emissions or trends for any quarter.

Source: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Data insights

Emissions for the year to June 2020 are estimated to be 513.4 Mt CO2-e. This is down 3% or 16.1 Mt CO2-e on the previous year and the lowest level since 1998.

The single largest factor behind reduction was the ongoing, structural decline in emissions from electricity (4.3% or 7.7 Mt CO2-e).

Other factors include:

  • the impact of COVID restrictions on emissions from transport (6.7% or 6.7 Mt CO2-e)
  • ongoing reductions in emissions from electricity due in increasing generation from renewables (4.3% or 7.7 Mt CO2-e)
  • the lingering effects of last year’s drought on agriculture (3.7% or 2.6 Mt CO2-e)

In the year to June 2020, emissions per capita and the emissions intensity of the economy were at their lowest levels in 30 years. Emissions per capita were lower than 1990 by 44.7% while the emissions intensity of the economy was 64.7% lower than in 1990.

National emission levels for the June quarter 2020 were down by 6.2% or 8.0 Mt CO2-e on the previous quarter. This was on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis.

Australia’s emissions have declined 18.9% since the peak in the year to June 2007. The year to June emissions were 5.7% below emissions for the year to June in 2000. They were 16.6% below emissions in the year to June 2005.

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