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Scope 1 emissions reported over time

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05 March 2018

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme is a single national framework for corporations to report greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and production. This captures about 60 per cent of Australia’s total emissions. Emissions from the agricultural, forestry, private vehicle transport and residential sectors are not collected under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme and therefore not included in this data.

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, greenhouse gas emissions are reported under two categories—scope 1 and scope 2.

Graph showing scope 1 emissions 2012–2017 

Scope 1 emissions 2012–2017

As shown in the graph above, scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 0.5 per cent (or 1.8 Mt CO2-e) on 2015–16 levels1, compared to the 2.0 per cent increase in 2014–15 and the 2.2 per cent increase in 2015–162. As a result, the 2016–17 data demonstrates the slowest growth rate in scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions in three years.

A slowing of the growth rate in emissions is largely due to changes in the energy mix, with more electricity generation from fuel sources with a lower emissions intensity.

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 ene​rgy transferred across facility boundaries.

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Footnotes

1 Figures for previous years have been updated to account for report resubmissions.

2 Percentages are calculated from actual reported emissions. The scope 1 emissions 2012–2017 graph above uses rounded totals.

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