1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2012  
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Graph Image for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Emissions, NSW

Graph Image for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Emissions (selected sectors), NSW

  • Carbon dioxide equivalent emissions for NSW in 2009 totalled 154.3 million tonnes, an increase of 5.3% from 1999.
  • Energy production accounted for 78.9% of total emissions in 2009 followed by Agriculture (10.4%), Industrial processes (7.2%), and Waste (3.5%).
  • NSW created the highest carbon dioxide equivalent emissions of all states and territories in 2009, producing 28.3% of total Australian emissions.

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What are the most common greenhouse gases?

The most common greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride.

Emissions from these gases are reported under the Kyoto Protocol (an international treaty designed to limit global greenhouse emissions) and are aggregated into carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 -e) using factors called global warming potentials (GWPS).

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency publishes a number of reports that together, constitute the Australian National Greenhouse Accounts.

To view the summary of state and territory Greenhouse Gas inventories, see: http://ageis.climatechange.gov.au/NGGITrend.aspx