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Australia's highest 10 greenhouse gas emitters 2015-2016

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06 March 2017

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme is a single national framework for corporations to report greenhouse gas emissions, and energy consumption and production.

Each year, Australian corporations that meet certain thresholds must report their emissions and energy information under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme. This captures about 60 per cent of Australia’s total emissions and 80 per cent of energy consumed. Emissions from the agriculture, land use, land use change, forestry, private vehicle transport and residential sectors is not collected under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, and is not included in this data.

Australia's 10 highest emitters (scope 1) and Portion of scope 1 emissions from 10 highest emitters​

Australia's 10 highest emitters (scope 1) and Portion of scope 1 emissions from 10 highest emitters

​In 2015–16, corporations reported a total of:

  • 334 million tonnes of scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide equivalence)
  • 90 million tonnes of scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide equivalence), and
  • 3956 petajoules of net energy consumed.

The publication identifies that Australia’s 10 highest emitting corporations collectively account for half (50.3%) of reported scope 1 emissions. Most of the top 10 highest emitters are electricity generators.

What are scope 1 and scope 2 emissions?

  • Scope 1 emissions are released into the atmosphere as a direct result of an activity, or series of activities at a facility.
  • Scope 2 emissions are indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam. Most scope 2 emissions represent electricity consumption, but can include other forms of energy transferred across facility boundaries.

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