4604.0 - Energy Account, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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29 May 2013
Embargoed: 11.30 am Canberra Time
ABS Energy program links monetary and physical data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) continues to build on its annual Energy Accounts program by releasing monetary data integrated with physical data for the supply and use of energy in Australia.

Mark Lound, ABS Director of Environmental Accounts said with Australia's population projected to be 35.5 million by 2056 this has the potential to become a powerful tool to inform policy debate and development, now and into the future.

“By linking physical and monetary information in a common statistical framework, users can better understand the relationship between environmental pressures and economic benefits," Mr Lound said.

“Continuing to present this data annually will provide users with a stronger understanding of driving factors impacting on resource extraction, energy production, pricing and consumption in Australia.”

“It is also conceptually possible to make comparisons of related information across various themes including energy, waste and water for example,” he said.

Using this integration the Energy Accounts publication released today shows the changes in energy production and value between 2008–09 and 2009–10

From 2008–09 to 2009–10 the total supply of black coal increased by 8 per cent to 812 petajoules, however, over the same period its value decreased by 32 per cent to $18.9 billion.

The combined exports value of black coal and liquid natural gas ($44.5 billion) decreased by 31 per cent, while the physical quantity exported increased by 13 per cent to 1,050 petajoules.

The value of household electricity consumption increased by 12 per cent ($1.3 billion) which is equal to $60 per capita.

Between 2008–09 and 2009–10 the transport industry’s consumption of petroleum based fuels increased by 3.5 per cent (18 petajoules) despite a 4 per cent decrease in value ($514 million) over the same period.

The value of the Commercial and Services sector’s electricity consumption increased by 14 per cent ($874 million) between 2008–09 and 2009–10 while consumption remained steady at 190 petajoules.

Further details can be found in Energy Account, Australia 2010–11 (cat. no. 4604.0).

Media notes:

  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.