National Energy Emissions Audit - December
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has released the December National Energy Emissions Audit, authored by renowned energy expert Dr Hugh Saddler, covering emissions in the electricity sector over the previous month of November.
- Electricity sector emissions are trending downwards, however, these reductions have been swamped by rises in emissions in transport (23% since 2005), stationary energy (21% since 2005), and fugitive energy (41% since 2005).
- Renewable energy generation (currently at record levels of 22.9%) may actually be higher than reported by AEMO, as their calculations do not include the significant amount of landfill gas and rooftop solar energy – both growing sectors.
- The bulk of new wind and solar energy coming online is predominantly displacing gas generation, rather than coal.