Australian carbon emissions defy power fade to post increase
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions rose 0.4 per cent in the 12 months to June, data showed Friday, amid increased deforestation and higher emissions from agriculture and aviation.
The country emitted 577.8 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the 12-month period, the Department of Climate Change said Friday, an increase of 2.3 million tonnes year-on-year.
But Australia is still on track to comfortably meet its Kyoto Protocol target, which is to limit emissions growth in the 2008-2012 period to 8 per cent above 1990 levels.
The government estimates emissions over the five-year period will be 86.3 million tonnes lower than its Kyoto cap.
The rise in emissions in the latest 12-month reporting period was due to a 9.2-per cent rise in carbon from deforestation, the government data showed, although the report stressed deforestation data were preliminary and subject to change.
Emissions from agriculture rose 5.5 per cent to 90.1 million tonnes as the sector recovered from prolonged drought conditions, the report said.
Transport - primarily aviation - emissions increased 3.2 per cent to 87.4 million.
The upwards trend in those sectors was largely offset by emission cuts in energy and manufacturing.
Lower energy demand meant CO2 emissions from electricity generation fell 1.4 per cent to 194.2 million tonnes.
Stationary energy, excluding electricity, caused 93.5 million tonnes of CO2 to be released into the atmosphere, a drop of 2.2 per cent year-on-year.
Industrial processes, which faced a slowdown as the strong Australian dollar hit iron and steel exports, emitted 30.9 million tonnes over the period, a drop of 3.8 per cent.