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Industrial processes sector greenhouse gas emissions

Key finding

Emissions from the industrial processes sector increased 11% between 2005 and 2016 due largely to increased use of replacements for ozone-depleting substances.

Queensland’s industrial processes sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have grown steadily from 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1990 reaching 6 million tonnes CO2e in 2016.

Industrial processes involve activities from a range of production processes such as the metal industry, mineral industry through cement and glass production and chemical industry. This sector also includes refrigeration and air-conditioning. GHG emissions from halocarbons, a replacement for ozone-depleting substances used in refrigeration and air-conditioning, have increased significantly from an almost zero base in 1990 to 13 MtCO2e. Since 2005 to 2016, emissions from refrigeration and air-conditioning in homes, cars and industrial air-conditioning have increased by 179%.

The graph’s 'other' category includes non-energy products from fuels and solvent use, as well as other product manufacture and use.

More information:

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

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

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Last updated 12 February 2020