The latest Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory confirms Australia has beaten its 2020 target (target period 2013-20) by 459 million tonnes, including overachievement from the previous period (2008-12).
In the year to June 2020, emissions were 513.4 million tonnes, down 3% or 16.1 Mt CO2-e on the previous year. This is the lowest level since 1998.
The single largest contributing factor to this reduction was the ongoing, structural decline in emissions from electricity. Other factors include the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on emissions from transport and the lingering effects of last year’s drought on agriculture.
The update provides estimates of Australia’s national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions up to the June quarter of 2020. It also includes interactive data to show:
- annual emissions from June 1990 to June 2020
- quarterly emissions from September 1999 to June 2020
- The Minister announced the quarterly update 30 November 2020
- See how we track and report greenhouse gas emissions as part of Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts