National Energy Emissions Audit – September update

by Hugh Saddler

Providing a comprehensive, up-to-date indication of key electricity trends in Australia.

+ Energy productivity has increased very little since the introduction of the National Energy Productivity Plan in 2015.

+ Australia is falling further behind the main aim of the NEPP; to achieve a 40% improvement in Australia’s primary energy productivity by 2030.

+ Energy combustion emissions are rising, against the trend in most other OECD countries. Australia is 4th of all OECD countries in terms of increased emissions since 2005, following Turkey, South Korea and Mexico.+ Increased combustion emissions since 2005 come predominately from transport, and from manufacturing, mining and petroleum and gas.+ The only exception to the increasing trend is electricity generation, which has seen reduced emissions, as frequently reported by the National Energy Emissions Audit updates.

+ The main driver of emissions reduction in electricity is the rise of large-scale wind and solar PV supported by the rise in small-scale PV, the closure of several older coal fired power stations and reduced electricity consumption+ Electricity supplied by grid solar and wind continue to increase but in the year to August this rise was offset by a decline in hydro production.

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