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Aus GHG pollution from energy sector increased by more than 22.5mT, despite high petrol prices and switch in some power generation from coal to gas due to water shortages from June 2004 to February 2007

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

Greenhouse pollution from the energy sector in Australia increased by more than 22.5 million tones from June 2004 to February 2007 – equivalent of adding more than 5 million cars to the road or increasing the national car fleet by approximately a third, despite high petrol prices and the switch in some power generation from coal to gas due to water shortages, said Andrew Bartlett, Australian Democrats Senate member from Queensland, in the Commonwealth Senate Hansard on 12 September, quoting figures released by the Climate Institute. Just short of target: “Overall, Australia’s emissions, by May 2007, were just 4.5 million tonnes below Australia’s Kyoto target for 2010” Bartlett said.

Emissions grow despite slack fuel demand: Bartlett further added that the consumption of petrol and liquid petroleum gas declined in 2006 but levelled out and increased 0.3 per cent in May 2007, while emissions from diesel and aviation fuel continued to grow and rose 0.6 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively in August 2007.

Urgent action required: Bartlett called for decisive and urgent action to put in place an energy efficiency trading scheme to achieve reductions in electricity consumption of 2 per cent a year, and substantially increase the availability of alternative and renewable fuels through abandoning the proposal for excise on these fuels; and

Increase MRET target: According to Bartlett, the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (2010) had effectively been reached and called on the Government to immediately lift the target to 10 per cent by 2012 and 20 per cent by 2020.

Reference: Andrew John Julian Bartlett, Member of the Senate, Australian Democrats, Queensland, 12 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 12/9/2007

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