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Snapshot of Tasmania’s emissions

In 2017, Tasmania's greenhouse gas emissions were 0.87 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). This is a 95 per cent decrease from 1990.

Emissions by sector in Mt CO2-e for 2017 were:

  • Energy: 4.01, made up of Direct combustion: 1.90, Transport: 1.63 and Electricity generation: 0.44
  • Agriculture was 2.31
  • Industrial Processes and Product Use was 1.77
  • Waste was 0.37
  • Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry was -7.59

(Data in this graph are sourced directly from the Australian Government. The discrepancy between the sector total and the sum of sub-sectors reflectrs rounding anomalies and/or the inclusion of confidential emissions data in the total figure.)

Tasmania's forests absorb carbon dioxide. They offset the majority of our emissions. In 2017 Tasmania had the lowest emissions per person in Australia, at 1.7 tonnes of CO2-e. The national average is 21.7 tonnes CO2-e.

Since 1990, our Transport, Industrial Processes and Product Use, and Direct combustion emissions have increased, and our other sector emissions have all decreased. Tasmania continues to successfully transition to a lower carbon economy. Our Gross State Product (GSP) is increasing and our emissions are decreasing.

In 2017, Tasmania's greenhouse gas emissions were 0.87 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). A 95% decrease from 1990. Emissions by sector in Mt CO2-e for 2017 were: Energy: 4.01, made up of Direct combusion: 1.90, Transport: 1.63 and Electricity generation: 0.44. Agriculture was 2.31, Industrial Processes and Product Use was 1.77, Waste was 0.37 and Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry was -7.59. (Data in this graph are sourced directly from the Australian Government. The discrepancy between the sector total and the sum of sub-sectors reflects rounding anomalies and/or the inclusion of confidential emissions data in the total figure.) Tasmania's forests absorb carbon dioxide. They offset the majority of our emissions. In 2017 Tasmania had the lowest emissions per person in Australia, at 1.7 tonnes of CO2-e. The national average is 21.7 tonnes CO2-e. Since 1990, our Transport, Industrial Processes and Product Use, and Direct combustion emissions have increased, and our other sector emissions have all decreased. Tasmania continues to successfully transition to a lower carbon economy. Our Gross State Product (GSP) is increasing and our emissions are decreasing.