Australian emissions reach the highest level ever recorded, driven by the electricity sector News in Australia


Australian issues are again the highest ever recorded, this time driven by an increase in emissions from the electricity sector, which rose to its highest level in two years, according to the new figures.

The fugitive emissions from the Australian LNG industry also continue to increase national emissions.

Environmental NDR, an emissions monitoring organization that publishes quarterly data on greenhouse gas emissions months in advance on the federal government, says its latest search shows emissions for the year in March 2019 increased to 561 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

This has risen from 554.5 million tonnes the previous year and 551.2 million tons in 2017.

Ndevr's figures exclude unreliable data from the land use sector, but the organization claimed that even when it was included, emissions rose again for four consecutive years over the same period.

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According to Ndevr's research, there was an increase of 8.2% in electricity sector emissions between the quarters of December and March.

It follows three consecutive quarters of electricity emission decline and is the highest increase in emissions in that sector since March 2017.

However, the increase in emissions from electricity production between the quarters of December and March is not unusual due to the higher energy consumption in the warmer months.

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Ndevr's managing director, Matt Drum, stated that in March 2019 there was less renewable energy production than in the March quarter of the previous year, with Ndevr data that show both wind and hydroelectric power.

Drum said the continued increase in fugitive emissions due to the Australian LNG sector showed that "there is a lot of work to be done to offset and reduce emissions from the LNG sector".

"It is compensating in particular with land use projects, but also with energy efficiency," he said. "And if the carbon capture and storage nut can be cracked for that sector it will be really important."

Drum has rejected the recent comments by the Australian minister for emissions and emission reduction, Angus Taylor, according to which LNG exports would have contributed to the reduction of emissions abroad.

"I don't think we can pursue this argument unless we also take into account our coal exports, which have the opposite effect," said Drum.

There is no evidence to support Taylor's claims and the biggest consumer of the Australian LNG – Japan – is using it instead of nuclear energy without emissions.

"It's still work to do on politics. I look like a broken record," Drum said. "At the end of the day, participation in the emissions reduction fund is decreasing. Fewer projects, fewer contracts, less reductions.

"Unless something happens, something meaningful, this government will chair only a quarter after another, year after year, with increasing emissions. It's as simple as that."



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