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Greenhouse gas emissions of Australian States; – Queensland’s the worst

Queensland remains Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, Brisbane Times, Tony Moore, 12 July 17 

Queensland is still Australia’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, according to the latest research released by the federal government.

Those emissions come mainly from coal and gas burned for electricity generation, transport and from land clearing, according to the annual National Greenhouse Accounts. The information, released in May, shows Queensland contributes 28.3 per cent of Australia’s national greenhouse emissions.

Queensland’s carbon emissions increased 0.8 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to 152.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.

On Tuesday, the Queensland government announced two plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and to a “net zero” by 2050 compared with 2005 levels.

 Queensland Conservation Council co-ordinator Tim Seelig said there was still “a million-dollar question” as to whether Queensland’s carbon emissions could be reduced quickly……..

Australia’s carbon emitters

  1. Queensland – 28.3 per cent of the nation’s emissions (up 0.8 per cent).
  2. New South Wales – 24.8 per cent (down 11.6 per cent).
  3. Victoria – 22.3 per cent (up 2 two per cent).
  4. Western Australia – 16.1 per cent (up 30.5 per cent).
  5. South Australia – 5.6 per cent (down 2 per cent).
  6. Northern Territory – 2.4 per cent (down 24.7 per cent).
  7. Australian Capital Territory – 0.3 per cent (up 11.2 per cent).
  8. Tasmania – 0.2 per cent (down 95.4 per cent).
  9. External territories – 0.01 per cent (up by 151 per cent). Australia’s external territories include Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Heard and McDonald Islands and the Coral Sea Islands…….

    The statistics show the biggest contributor to Queensland’s 152 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 came from stationary energy sources, including electricity generation and manufacturing. Land use changes came a far third.

    Overall in Queensland, the greenhouse gas figures showed 55 million tones of greenhouse gas emissions (26.1 per cent) came from energy industries………..

July 14, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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