The Clean Energy Regulator has today released the 2017–18 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data.
Each year, Australian corporations that meet certain thresholds are required to report their emissions and energy information to the Clean Energy Regulator. This data helps inform government policy and programs and meet Australia’s international reporting obligations.
For the 2017–18 year, corporations reported a total of 336 million tonnes of scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions. This represents an overall increase in emissions of 0.8 million tonnes (0.2 per cent) on adjusted totals for the previous year.
This result includes reported scope 1 emissions increases of 4.1 million tonnes in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil and gas production sectors (largely due to new and increased production in Western Australia for export), and 1.3 million tonnes in coal mining.
This increase in scope 1 emissions was offset by a notable decrease in reported emissions in the electricity sector of 6.8 million tonnes, due to reduced production from brown coal, improved efficiency from some black coal generators, and increased production from renewables.
The data also reports 86 million tonnes of scope 2 emissions and 3882 petajoules of net energy consumed.
It is important to note that information published as part of the 2017–18 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting dataset cannot be directly compared to publications from previous years for a range of reasons, including updates made to totals to account for report resubmissions. The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the information published on its website is accurate at the time of publication.
For more information, see the 2017–18 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data highlights.
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