The Clean Energy Regulator has released the 2014-15 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data.
This year corporations reported 322 million tonnes of scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions, created as a direct result of an activity undertaken by one of their facilities.
“Australia’s top 10 emitters account for almost half of all reported emissions, with the electricity generation industry remaining as the top contributor of scope 1 emissions,” said Chloe Munro, Chair of the Clean Energy Regulator.
Coal mining, oil and gas extraction and metal ore mining are the next highest contributing industries.
“Reported scope 1 emissions increased by 2 per cent, compared to the 2013-14 year,” Ms Munro said. “This is largely attributable to emissions from the electricity sector.”
Each year, under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, Australian corporations that meet certain thresholds are required to report their emissions and energy information to the Clean Energy Regulator.
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme covers around 60 per cent of Australia’s overall emissions. It does not capture emissions data from the agricultural, forestry, private vehicle and residential sectors or from facilities below the reporting threshold.
“This year we have published additional information specific to the electricity sector to make the data easier to interpret, and to assist the industry to prepare for the sectoral baseline under the safeguard mechanism, which will apply from 1 July 2016,” said Ms Munro.
Corporations are also required to report on scope 2 emissions which are created indirectly by a facility through the consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam.
“We now have the benefit of seven years of national greenhouse and energy reporting data. This a rich resource to advance our understanding of greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy use across Australia,” Ms Munro said.
Further information, infographics and the 2014-15 NGER data publication are available on the Clean Energy Regulator website.
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The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme requires Australian corporations that meet certain thresholds to report their emissions and energy information to the Clean Energy Regulator each year. The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme is a single national reporting framework for collecting and disseminating greenhouse gas emissions, electricity production and energy consumption information. It captures around 60 per cent of Australia’s overall emissions and provides information to help inform policy, meet our international obligations and assist other Commonwealth, state and territory government programs and activities.
In considering total emissions between years, it is important to note that each year there are minor changes to the National Greenhouse and Energy (Measurement) Determination 2008 and changes in the number of reporters and facilities that meet a threshold.
As legislatively required, the reported 2014-15 data released on the Clean Energy Regulator website today provides scope 1 emissions, scope 2 emissions and net energy consumption for Australia’s top corporations, greenpower and renewable energy certificates, and designated generation facility information.
For the first time, the Clean Energy Regulator has also published additional data specific to the electricity sector for 2014-15. This includes primary fuel source, emissions intensity and grid connection for each electricity generator. We have also provided aggregated scope 1 emissions for all grid connected generators.
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