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Greenhouse Indicator extended to Queensland

Date
15 September 2008

The °Climate Group has expanded its weekly Greenhouse Indicator to the Australian State of Queensland. The Weekly Greenhouse Indicator was first launched in Victoria in January 2007, followed with one for New South Wales. It provides real-time information on the greenhouse gas emissions produced from coal-fired electricity, natural gas-fired electricity and petroleum every week.

Queensland's Greenhouse Indicator accounts for about 75 per cent of the State's total energy emissions and 50 per cent of its total greenhouse gas emissions. Remaining emissions come from agriculture, land use, waste, industrial processes, electricity generated on-site by industry and fugitive emissions from coal mining. Greenhouse gas emissions in Queensland not included by the Indicator are estimated to be on average 1.6 million tonnes per week.

Queensland's Sustainability Minister Andrew McNamara welcomed the introduction of the Greenhouse Indicator. "It's a simple format that puts climate change front of mind, where it must be. More importantly, it's a constant reminder to every one of us that we can make a difference."

The °Climate Group's Australian Director, Rupert Posner, said the initiative was designed to assist people in understanding the issue and to help track greenhouse gas emissions.

"Each and every week we release greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere but because they can't be seen it is difficult to understand how much is being produced.

"This initiative puts a figure on what is happening and enables everyone to follow how much we are emitting each week," he said.

"The people of Queensland can then make decisions about their energy use that will immediately decrease the weekly figure, like buying green electricity or using less energy at home and work.

"Here in Australia, as in other countries, the Australian Government releases an annual report. But that comes out a couple of years after the emissions. This information, while comprehensive and critical for policy planning and scientific assessment, is too slow for us to respond to in the manner that is necessary to tackle this problem."

The °Climate Group would like to thank the Purves Environmental Fund for providing funding to enable this project to occur.

To receive weekly updates or learn more about the Indicator visit: www.theclimategroup.org/indicator.

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