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Energy Account
This publication presents estimates of supply and use of energy products in Australia. It also provides a time series of energy efficiency measures related to Australian industry and guide to interpret these measures. For further information, see Energy Account Australia, 2008–09 (cat. no. 4604.0) or email Karen Connaughton on karen.connaughton@abs.gov.au

Alternative View of Electricity and Gas Supply Activity
This publication presents information based on an alternative view of electricity supply and gas supply activity in Australia for the reference years 2006–07 to 2007–08. Estimates are provided for:
  • Electricity supply, including generation, transmission, distribution, and on–selling activities;
  • Gas supply, including extraction, pipeline transport and distribution (including wholesaling and retail) activities.
For more information see Alternative View of Electricity and Gas Supply Activity, 2006–07 to 2007–08 (cat. no. 4647.0).

Energy in Focus
This is a series of articles presents energy information
  • Energy in Focus: Energy Use in Australian Homes, Mar 2010(cat. no. 4614.0.55.001) This article contains information about energy use in Australian homes.
  • Energy in Focus: Energy Efficiency of Australian Homes, Apr 2010 (cat. no. 4614.0.55.002) These articles contain information that relates to the energy efficiency of Australian homes. The articles focus on housing characteristics, the selection and use of appliances and the use of renewable energy in Australian homes to build a picture of household energy efficiency.
  • Energy in Focus: Business Expenditure on Energy Research and Development, Nov 2010 (cat. no. 4614.0.55.003) This article contains information on expenditure on research and experimental development (R&D) in Australia on the socio–economic objective of Energy.

Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, 2008 presents the results of the energy use and conservation survey. It found that Australian households ranked energy star rating more important than price or brand when buying a refrigerator, freezer or clothes dryer. Water efficiency rating was ranked first for washing machines, but price was ranked the most important factor in buying a heater. This is a change since the last survey in 2002, which found that price was the most important factor for the majority of white goods. The survey also covered installation of insulation, solar energy and awareness and use of Greenpower. This is one of three new publications that replace the previous Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0). For more information, see Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001).

Environmental household data
Three publications provide environmental information on households, replacing the publication Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0).
  • Environmental Issues: Energy use and conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001) presents results from the energy use and conservation survey previously published in Environmental Issues: People’s Views and Practices in 1994, 1999, 2002 and 2005. Results from the 2008 survey were published under the new title in November 2008. The next publication, based on the March 2011 reference period, will be in October 2011.
  • Environmental Issues: Waste management and transport use (cat. no. 4602.0.55.002) presents results from the waste management and transport survey previously published under Environmental Issues: People’s Views and Practices in 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2006 and 2009. The next survey is in March 2012.
  • Environmental Issues: Water source, use and conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.003) presents results from the water source, use and conservation survey. The last survey covering March 2010 was published in November 2010. The next survey is in March 2013.

Environmental Views and Behaviour, 2007–08 presents data on environmental concerns, personal energy and water use, waste collection and disposal and environmental involvement. About half of all Australians believed the natural environment was declining, with four in ten Australians reporting the condition of the natural environment in Australia was neither good nor bad. The survey found that nine in ten Australians were concerned by water shortages, and three–quarters were concerned about climate change. However, only about one–third had some form of environmental involvement in the 12 months prior to the survey. For further information, see Environmental Views and Behaviour (cat. no. 4626.0.55.011).

Information Paper: Towards an integrated environmental–economic account for Australia, 2010. Over recent years, the ABS has produced a range of individual environmental–economic accounts, including accounts for water, energy and environmental protection expenditure (EPE). The ABS now intends to produce environmental–economic accounts across a greater range of dimensions on a regular basis. Doing this presents the great analytical power of integrated comparisons across dimensions and over time. This paper follows on from the information paper: What are Environmental Accounts? (see below). For more information, refer to the Information Paper, cat. no. 4655.0.55.001.

NEWSLETTERS
ECCER produces an electronic newsletter twice a year, see Environment and Energy News (cat. no. 4653.0). Previous editions of the Newsletter may be found under the grey "Past and future releases" tab at the top of the page just under the title. The current newsletter format commenced with Issue 1 in November 2005.

MEDIA RELEASES
Media releases for ABS Environmental publications are available for the years 1997 to 2011. Use the links below to view selected media releases.
2011
Supply and use of energy increases (cat. no. 4604.0)

2010
VIC high income households own more environmental products: ABS (cat. no. 4602.2)
Australians are using less water but more energy: ABS (cat. no. 4613.0)
Australian businesses spend $75 billion on energy (cat. no. 4660.0)
WA households accumulate high energy consuming appliances: ABS (cat. no. 4656.5)

2009
Australians concerned about water shortages and climate change (cat. no. 4626.0.55.001)
Snapshot of Australia's energy supply and use (cat. no. 4604.0)
Water use on farms drops again (cat. no. 4618.0)
Change in land management practices for Australia's agricultural businesses (cat. no. 4627.0)
High income households in Queensland more likely to have flat screen televisions: ABS (cat. no. 4602.3)

2008
Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, 2008 (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001)
Water Use on Australian Farms, 2006–07 (cat. no. 4618.0, August 2008)
Water and the Murray–Darling Basin: A Statistical Profile, 2000–01 to 2005–06 (cat. no. 4610.0.55.007, August 2008)

2007
Environment snapshot: Australians confront big dry (cat. no. 4613.0, December 2007)
Environmental issues – people's views and practices (cat. no. 4602.0, December 2007)
We're overweight, marrying less and buying more: ABS (cat. no. 4102.0, August 2007)
Grazing pastures have highest water use on Australian farms: ABS (cat. no. 4618.0, August 2007)
NSW electricity use high while solar lagging: ABS (cat. no. 4621.1, May 2007)
ABS snapshot of water and energy use in WA homes (cat. no. 4652.5, April 2007)
2006
Water Access Entitlements, Allocations and Trading, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4610.0.55.003, November 2006)
Drought drives down water consumption (cat. no. 4610.0, November 2006)
Waste recycling up, but public transport use remains low (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2006)
Environment snapshot: recycling up, but e–waste a looming issue (cat. no. 4613.0, November 2006)
Major ABS environment statistics releases in November (Media Release) (November 2006)
Irrigated farms generate one–quarter of Australia's agricultural production (cat. no. 4623.0, September 2006)
Irrigation water use down for Australian farmers: ABS (cat. no. 4618.0, July 2006)
Australian farmers active in Natural Resource Management: ABS (cat. no. 4624.0, July 2006)
Natural resource management survey puts a spotlight on Fitzroy and Livingstone Shires in Queensland (cat. no. 4651.0, February 2006)

2005
Snapshot of energy use and conservation in Australian households: ABS (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2005)
Eurobodalla landowners spend $3.6 million on natural resource management: ABS (cat. no. 4651.0, November 2005)
New survey approach may revolutionise land management data (cat. no. 4651.0, November 2005)
Fewer farms irrigating in 2003–04 (cat. no. 4618.0, October 2005)
More SA Households Conserving Water: ABS (cat. no. 4618.4, April 2005)
Pasture for grazing the biggest user of irrigation water (cat. no. 4618.0, March 2005)

2004
Australians more water conscious but less concerned about the environment (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2004)
More SA households conserving water (cat. no. 4618.4, October 2004)
Local government spending on environment up (cat. no. 4611.0, August 2004)
Water use – Australian economy consumes 50 Sydney harbours (cat. no. 4610.0, May 2004)
One in four Perth households use bore water (cat. no. 4616.5.55.001, April 2004)

2003
Potentially hazardous wastes often disposed of inappropriately (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2003)
ABS releases latest environmental snapshot (cat. no. 4613.0, July 2003)
ABS to release environmental snapshot on Thursday (cat. no. 4613.0, July 2003)
Water use in NSW households (cat. no. 4616.1, April 2003)
Measuring environmental pressures and challenges (cat. no. 4617.0, February 2003)

2002
New ABS survey shows farmers are combatting salinity (cat. no. 4615.0, December 2002)
Mining and manufacturing industries spend $1.5 billion on the environment (cat. no. 4603.0, September 2002)
Australian environmental views and practices (cat. no. 4602.0, March 2002)

2001
Our environment – a bird's eye view (cat. no. 4613.0, July 2001)
ABS releases landmark energy use publication (cat. no. 4604.0, May 2001)
Concern over environment drops to its lowest levels: ABS (cat. no. 4602.0, March 2001)

2000
More hazardous wastes ending up in household bins (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2000)
Media alert – ABS Environmental Report 4602.0 will be released tomorrow (cat. no. 4602.0, November 2000)
Australians Use More Than 1 Million Litres of Fresh Water Per Person Each Year (cat. no. 4610.0, May 2000)
Release of the National Water Account Report has been delayed (cat. no. 4610.0, May 2000)

1999
Environmental problems concern 69% of Australians (cat. no. 4602.0, December 1999)
$8.6 billion spent to protect the environment (cat. no. 4603.0, July 1999)
Australian fisheries harvest falls – ABS (cat. no. 4607.0, March 1999)

1998
Environmental problems concern 71% of Australians (cat. no. 4602.0, November 1998)
Almost $8 billion spent in one year to protect the environment – ABS (cat. no. 4603.0, March 1998)
Australia's mineral and petroleum resources (cat. no. 4608.0, March 1998)

1997
Transport uses a quarter of national energy (cat. no. 4605.0, June 1997)
Over $6 billion spent protecting environment (cat. no. 4603.0, March 1997)
Hazardous waste out with garbage (cat. no. 4602.0, February 1997)



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