Stationary energy sector greenhouse gas emissions
Emissions from the stationary energy sector increased by 14% between 2005 and 2016. This continues to be the highest source of Queensland’s emissions at 48% of total emissions.
Queensland’s stationary energy sector includes the generation of electricity for use by industry, businesses and households as well as energy generation for manufacturing and construction activities. This sector continues to be the largest source of emissions in Queensland due to the predominance of fossil fuels (mainly coal) used for electricity generation.
GHG emissions grew steadily from 34.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1990 to a peak of 67.9 MtCO2e in 2009. Emissions slowly trended downwards to reach 63.8 MtCO2e in 2014 but reached a new peak in 2016 of 73.7 MtCO2e.
Improved energy efficiency, uptake in domestic solar systems (photovoltaic and solar hot water) and a decline in overall electricity demand had enabled the previous stationery energy emissions decline. The 15% increase from 2014 to 2016 was due to export increases from the resources sector—such as new coal seam gas projects and upstream liquid natural gas processing—along with increasing population and household incomes.
Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions, in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 - e), of stationary energy sector
Queensland annual greenhouse gas emissions in millions of tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent from 1990–2016 by stationary energy sector.