The latest Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: December 2022 is now available.
The report shows emissions were 463.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in the year to December 2022 – 0.4% or 2.0 million tonnes lower than the same period in 2021.
The trend over the year reflects movement across the sectors, including:
- Ongoing reductions in emissions from electricity as renewable energy uptake continues
- Decreased fugitive emissions, reflecting reduced production in coal mining due to the impacts of heavy rainfall events in New South Wales and Queensland
- Decreased emissions from stationary energy (excluding electricity) driven primarily by decreased activity in the manufacturing sector and decreased gas consumption in the residential sector
- Increased transport emissions reflecting the ongoing recovery from COVID related travel restrictions, particularly in domestic aviation
- Increased emissions from agriculture, returning to pre-drought levels as a result of increases in livestock numbers and crop production.
Emissions in the year to December 2022 were 24.7% below June 2005 levels – the base year for Australia’s 2030 Paris Agreement target.
- The Minister announced the Quarterly Update on 31 May 2023
- View previous National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: Quarterly Updates
- See how we track and report greenhouse gas emissions as part of Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts
- Read about our department’s climate change strategies.