Australia won't reach Paris target without action on transport, LNG and coal, expert says

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Morrison government urged to address where greenhouse gas emissions are rising substantially.

The challenge the Morrison government faces in meeting future climate targets without new policies is underlined by an analysis that breaks down how significantly greenhouse gas emissions are increasing from transport, natural gas and coalmining.

Since 2005, the year against which the government has chosen to benchmark its Paris target, Australia’s emissions from transport are up 23%.

Pollution from burning fossil fuels – mainly natural gas, but also coal – in manufacturing, construction and domestic heating has risen 30%. “Fugitive” emissions released during liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and coalmining have jumped 55%.

Read the full Guardian article here. It includes analysis of government data by Hugh Saddler, an energy consultant and ANU honorary associate professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

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