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Total annual greenhouse gas emissions

Key finding

While Queensland's greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 15% between 2005 and 2016, the state was the largest source of emissions in 2016 of all Australian jurisdictions.

The Australia Government calculates Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as part of their national reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Queensland’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell from 171.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1990 to a low of 123.5 MtCO2e in 1996. Emissions then rose, peaking at 179.8 Mt CO2e in 2005 before trending downwards again to reach 149.5 Mt CO2e in 2014, and rising slightly to 153 MtCO2e in 2016.

Australia’s total GHG emissions were 532.9 MtCO2e in 2016. Queensland contributed more GHG emissions than any other Australian state and territory, responsible for 28.7% of the nation’s total.

Emissions are broken up into different sectors. Queensland’s highest emitting sectors in 2016 were:

  • stationary energy
  • transport
  • agriculture
  • fugitive emissions from fuels and
  • land use, land use change and forestry

These sectors account for 94% of Queensland’s total GHG emissions.

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Indicator: Total annual greenhouse gas emissions in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 - e)

Total Queensland annual greenhouse gas emissions in carbon dioxide equivalent from 1990–2016 by sector. Total greenhouse gas emissions in millions of tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent comparing state and sector for 2016.

Download data from Queensland Government data

Last updated 12 February 2020