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Transport sector greenhouse gas emissions

Key finding

Emissions from the transport sector increased 26% between 2005 and 2016. Road transport, including passenger cars, was the main source of emissions at 10.1 MtCO2e in 2016.

Queensland’s transport sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have grown steadily from 11.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1990 reaching 22.5 MtCO2e in 2016.

The transport sector is Queensland’s second largest source of emissions overall. Road transport is the main source of this sector’s GHG emissions (85%): passenger cars produce nearly half of all transport emissions in 2016 (45%).

Between 1990 and 2016, emissions from all transport sectors: passenger vehicles, rail and bus transport, domestic aviation, light commercial vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles all increased, reflecting Queensland’s economic growth.

In 2014, emissions from cars saw a slight decrease, however since 2014 emissions have increased nearly 11%. Light commercial vehicles emissions have also increased since 2015 by 13%. Compared to 2015 levels: railway emissions have declined by 5% (24% since 2013); domestic aviation has increased by 7%; heavy-duty vehicles emissions have stabilised.

More information:

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

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

Download data from Queensland Government data

Last updated 26 October 2018