Waste sector greenhouse gas emissions

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Key finding

Emissions from the waste sector increased 15% between 2005 and 2014, however waste emissions have fallen since 2011 due to increased capture and combustion of landfill gas.

Queensland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from waste slowly reduced from 3.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 1990 to a low of 2.4 million tonnes in 2006. Emissions then trended upwards to reach 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2011 and since then have fallen again to 2.9 million tonnes in 2014.

Landfill (solid waste disposal) is the main source of waste-related emissions and the recent reduction in waste emissions is largely due to increased capture and combustion of landfill gas.

Treatment of solid waste and incineration and open burning of waste are not included in the data emission contributions from these sources is very small.

More information:

Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions, in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 – e), of waste sector

Queensland annual greenhouse gas emissions in millions of tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent from 1990-2014 by waste sector.

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