Welcome to the June 2019 issue of the NEEA Report. During the past few weeks the government released two key documents:

  • Australia’s international stocktake, the National Inventory Report 2017 (NIR), reporting on emissions for the year 2016-17, and associated detailed emissions, termed the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI), in an update of the Australian Greenhouse Emissions Information System (AGEIS) on-line tool.
  • Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI) for December 2018.

These are important documents because they are, in the case of the NIR, the authoritative statement of Australia’s progress in reducing emissions, subject to formal peer review by international experts. The Quarterly Update is primarily for use in Australia, but has become, since its first publication, under the Rudd government, in March 2009, widely recognised as an important leading indicator of how Australia’s greenhouse policies are progressing.

The circumstances of both releases demonstrate just how contemptuous the Australian government is of its obligations to Australian citizens, to the international community, to future generations, and to the future of the planet.

Key points:

  • Australia’s emissions are rising, not falling, as shown in the National Energy Emissions Audit analysis of Australia’s National Inventory Report to the UN
  • Fugitive emissions from mining have increased by 55% and mining energy emissions have increased by 30% over the last 15 years (since 2005)
  • Queensland's gas and coal mining emissions alone already accounted for 7% of Australia's total in 2016, this share is likely currently even higher
  • Transport emissions have increased 23% since 2011, driven largely by diesel which has jumped by a staggering 50%
  • The electricity sector continues to reduce its emissions, which are down 17% since their peak in 2009.
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