Small drop in carbon emissions despite economic growth

CARBON emissions fell only slightly in Australia last year, figures released on Monday show.

The National Greenhouse Accounts showed Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions declined by 0.2% year-on-year.

Annual emissions for the year, which marked the introduction of the carbon tax in July, were 551.9 million tonnes (excluding land use emissions), down from 553.2 million tonnes in 2011.

For the major sectors covered by the Federal Government's unpopular carbon pricing mechanism - electricity, other stationary energy, fugitives, industrial process emissions and waste - emissions decreased by 1% over the six months to December compared with the same period a year earlier.

Federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said the small reduction had come despite the Australian economy growing by more than 3% last year.

A fall in emissions from electricity generation was a major contributor the reduction.

"There has been modest growth in emissions from some other sectors driven by Australia's strong economic growth and resources investments," Mr Combet said.

Topics:  carbon emissions carbon tax economy environment

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