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Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2016

Department of the Environment and Energy, 2016

Australia's National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. These publications fulfil Australia's international and domestic reporting requirements.

Australia's annual emissions for the year to June 2016, including the land sector, are estimated to be 536.5 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e). This figure is the fourth lowest emissions level since 2000 (552.7 Mt CO2-e). It is also 2.9 per cent below emissions in that period, and 10.7 per cent below emissions in 2005 (602.6 Mt CO2-e).

In the June 2016 quarter, national emissions levels excluding the land sector increased 0.1 per cent relative to the March 2016 quarter on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis. For the year to June 2016, emissions increased 0.8 per cent on the previous year.

Emissions per capita and the emissions intensity of the economy, including the land sector, were both at their lowest levels in 27 years in the year to June 2016. Emissions per capita have fallen 31.1 per cent since 1990, while the emissions intensity of the economy has fallen 55.6 per cent since 1990 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Emissions per capita and per dollar of real GDP, 1990-2016

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