Environmental IQ

Report shows summer emissions down/


Sydney Morning Herald March 21, 2010

Even if the heat has gone out of the climate change debate, Australians appear to be heeding the message to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a report from the Climate Group, total emissions from Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia for the 2009-10 summer period fell by 1.6 per cent.

Total emissions were down by 1.2 million tonnes to 74.83 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent compared with the summer of 2008-09.

NSW experienced the biggest reduction of 5.69 per cent to 25.33 million tonnes, while Queensland had an increase of 1.64 per cent to 20.58 million tonnes.

Emissions from gas were down the most, by 8.4 per cent to 6.63 million tonnes.

Coal emissions fell 1.56 per cent to 43.81 million tonnes, while petroleum rose by 0.25 per cent to 24.385 million tonnes.

Climate group director Rupert Posner said it was a good result considering it was one of the hottest summers on record.

“It is also heartening this was helped by a reduction in electricity demand,” he said.

“Hopefully this is an indication that we are becoming more conscious of how much energy we are using and the benefits of saving energy.”