Measuring ACT emissions

The ACT has a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and achieving net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. These are some of the most ambitious targets in Australia and compare favourably with the targets of many cities and jurisdictions around the world.

The ACT reports annually on greenhouse gas emissions.

ACT emissions are decreasing

Greenhouse gas emissions in 2017-18 were 14 per cent lower than in 2016-17. The estimate of total greenhouse gas emissions for the ACT in 2017-18 is 3,367.5 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (kt CO2-e).

Total ACT Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary (kt CO2-e)

1989–90

2013–14

2014–15

2015-16

2016–17

2017–18

2020 Target

Current

3196.8

3,934.5

4,063.2

4,102.4

3,927.8

3,367.5

1,918

Previous

3196.8

3,908.6

4,026.8

4,052.3

3,916.2

NA

1,918

Per capita emissions

In 2017-18 the ACT emitted 8.09 tonnes of CO2-e per person. This was a further reduction from 2016-17 when emissions were 9.64 tonnes CO2-e per person.

ACT emissions by sector

In 2017-18, electricity accounted for 44% of ACT emissions, followed by transport (34%), natural gas (11%), industrial processes (8%) and waste (2%). As the electricity supply will be 100% renewable (zero emissions) from 2020, the ACT is now focused on targeting emissions reductions in transport, natural gas and waste.

2017-18 ACT emissions by sector

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