Jul 04, 2007 - 7:24am
Australia's Kyoto Protocol commitment period began on the 1st July
2007 with the 2008 financial year. Although Australia didn't ratify the
Protocol it did agree to limit greenhouse emissions growth to 108% on
1990 levels during the 2008-2012 commitment period. However, Climate
Institute analysis shows that Australia is highly likely to have already
reached 108% as the the commitment period commences.
released by The Climate Institute shows that Australia is highly likely
to have passed its Kyoto target, as Australia’s Kyoto Protocol
commitment period started on Sunday with the 2007-08 financial year.
Australia’s Kyoto target reporting starting earlier this week, it seems
virtually certain that Australia’s greenhouse emissions will today be
over our Kyoto target and still climbing.” Said Chief Executive of the
Climate Institute, John Connor.
“Both major parties will have to
announce stronger and earlier policies to turn around Australia’s
pollution to meet the Kyoto target in five years time.”
Climate Institute releases a monthly “Greenhouse Pollution Tracker”
which compares rolling annual figures. This months comparisons are year
to end April 2007 compared with year to end April 2006.
This month’s Greenhouse Pollution Tracker shows:
emissions from all sources at the end of April 2007 are estimated to
have stood at 107.9% of the 1990 level, just 0.1% below Australia’s
Kyoto target (108% over 1989/90 levels).
- A reduction in
electricity generation from coal because of shortages of cooling water
for several major coal fired power stations, in particular Tarong in
Queensland and Bayswater in NSW.
- The shortfall in generation was
made up with gas powered electricity, so while more electricity was
produced, emissions levels from electricity were almost stable. (Gas
fired electricity produces less emissions than coal fired generation.)
from petroleum products increased at about average 0.33% for the month,
(4.3% for year) as consumption of petrol, diesel and LPG grew.
growth in emissions from April 2006 to April 2007 is equivalent to
adding 3.5 million more cars to the road, or about one-third of the
national car fleet.
- Given the April 07 results, Australia would
reach its Kyoto target with emissions growth equivalent to running
another Hazelwood power station and mine for less than two months.
part of policies to turn around our rising pollution, this report
highlights we need to ensure all new electricity load generation comes
from clean energy. Moves in some states to add coal fired power stations
without carbon capture and storage rather than renewable and/or energy
efficiency alternatives will make the challenge to reduce our pollution
"In the face of increasing droughts, floods and fires, the days of carelessly building dirty power stations are over.”
can and must make the switch to a clean energy economy and the most
cost effective mix of policies to get us there will include Kyoto
ratification, effective emissions trading, energy efficiency and market
based clean energy targets. In particular, Federal and State Governments
need to urgently work together to ensure that all new electricity load
comes from clean sources such as solar, wind and sustainable biomass.”
Said Mr Connor.