Annual emissions in Australia are rising steadily, mainly due to an increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Western Australia. According to the latest inventory, emissions for the year to September 2018 went up 0.9% on the previous year.
Along with a marked increase in LNG exports, increases in stationary energy, transport, fugitives, industrial processes and waste sectors also contributed to the rising emissions.
The increased pollution from stationary energy reflects production growth in the mining sector, in steel and aluminium. Transport emissions also increased 2% over the year to September, with an 8.4% increase in diesel consumption.
However, emissions in Australia’s electricity sector continued to fall, courtesy of a 12.3% reduction in brown coal supply, and a 14.2% increase in generation from renewable sources.