Climate outliers: Australia and Turkey the only developed nations breaking emissions records

by Hugh Saddler

The Australia Institute’s new Climate & Energy Program has released the National Energy Emissions Audit. The Audit, compiled by renowned energy specialist Dr Hugh Saddler, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date indication of key greenhouse gas and energy trends in Australia.

“The report finds, disturbingly, that Australia’s annual emissions from energy use have increased to their highest ever level, higher than the previous peak seen eight years ago, in 2009,” Dr Saddler said.

“Australia’s failure to invest in efficient transport infrastructure, such as rail, has led to emissions from transport fuels continuing to grow, again, unlike the rest of the developed world.

“The continued rise in fuel emissions demonstrates why requiring a reduction for the electricity sector that is only equal to the Paris target would likely see Australia fail to meet its international commitment,” Dr Saddler said.

Key findings:

  • Australia’s energy emissions continue to increase, breaking all-time record
  • Among developed nations, only Australia and Turkey are breaking emissions records
  • Petroleum, in particular diesel consumption is the main driver of emission increases
  • There is no indication of when or if growth in petroleum emissions will stop

Audit sept graph

Full report