Government, Green - Australia Making More Greenhouse Gas
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have hit record levels in some sectors according to the government's Quarterly Update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
The upward trend began in 2013 and continued in the final quarter of 2018, showing a seasonally adjusted increased of 0.8 percent compared to the previous quarter. The report pegs the increase on LNG for export, diesel consumption across transport, and metal manufacturing.
"While emissions increases from the rapid growth of LNG exports are included in Australia's emissions in the report, the success of this industry means that it has potentially reduced global emissions by up to 27 percent of Australia's annual emissions in the year to December 2018," read the statement from Energy Minister Angus Taylor.
The new information casts doubts on the ability of the government's current policies to get control of greenhouse gas emissions and meet Australia's responsibilities in the Paris Climate Deal.