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Australia’s carbon emissions and electricity demand are growing: here’s why

Hugh Saddler writes in The Conversation (18.4.16) about the reasons behind Australia’s rising carbon emissions and electricity demand, and why Queensland is contributing significantly to the increase.

‘Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise. Electricity emissions, which make up about a third of the total, rose 2.7% in the year to March 2016.

‘Australia’s emissions reached their peak in 2008-2009. Since then total emissions have barely changed, but the proportion of emissions from electricity fell, largely due to falling demand and less electricity produced by coal. But over the last year demand grew by 2.5%, nearly all of this supplied by coal.

‘In 2015 I wrote about concerns that Australia’s electricity demand and emissions would start increasing again. This has now come true. So what’s driving the trend?’

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