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Agriculture sector greenhouse gas emissions

Key finding

Emissions from the agriculture sector decreased 6% between 2005 and 2016, mainly due to a decline in livestock numbers.

Queensland’s agriculture sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions vary in response to climatic and economic conditions. Emissions were 18.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1990 and 18.3 MtCO2e in 2016. Over this period the volatility in annual emission levels has increased noting that the long-term trend is a slow increase in emissions.

In 2016, Queensland was the largest source of agricultural GHG emissions in Australia. Livestock enteric fermentation, which produces methane emissions from animals such as cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and pigs accounts for 80% of Queensland’s total agricultural emissions. Of the remaining sources, 19% was from: management of agricultural soils; manure management; and application of urea as a fertilizer.

Contributions to GHG emissions from field burning of agricultural residues, rice cultivation and liming were very small (less than 1%).

More information:

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

Queensland annual greenhouse gas emissions in millions of tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent from 1990–2016 by agriculture sector.

Download data from Queensland Government data

Last updated 26 October 2018