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Tasmania gets weekly greenhouse indicator

Date
10 January 2011
Tasmania gets weekly greenhouse indicator
  • Tasmania’s greenhouse emissions from energy to be tracked on a weekly basis
  • First week’s results available

Hobart, Australia. For the first time, Tasmanians can track their state’s greenhouse gas emissions each and every week, thanks to the new Greenhouse Indicator being launched in Tasmania today by The Climate Group.

The Weekly Greenhouse Indicator provides real-time information on greenhouse gas emissions produced from energy use – covering electricity generation, gas-use for heating and cooking as well as industrial purposes and the use of all petroleum products.

The Indicator allows people to compare emissions levels with last year, as well as with 1990 and 2000 baselines. Tasmanians will also be able to measure their emissions against other states around Australia.

Rupert Posner, The Climate Group’s Australia Director, said: “The initiative is designed to provide Tasmanians with up to date, weekly information and to help them better understand where our greenhouse emissions come from. Because we don’t see our emissions or feel their effect on the environment immediately – they can be hard for people to keep track of. The Indicator will allow people to do that.

“Hopefully, the Indicator will encourage people to think about how they can reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that most actions to reduce emissions – such as better insulation and more energy efficient appliances - are good not only for the environment but also for people’s wallets.”

The Weekly Greenhouse Indicator also runs in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. Along with Tasmania, these are the only regions anywhere in the world to receive such up to date information on their emissions levels.

Anyone can view the most up to date weekly figures for Tasmania, receive weekly updates or learn more about the Indicator. 

The Indicator covers around 63 per cent of Tasmania’s emissions from energy, and 34 per cent of total emissions.  Emissions not covered by the Indicator include things like fugitive emissions and emissions from agriculture for which there is no reliable data available on a weekly basis

Download the complete press release.

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