2016-17 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting emissions and energy data released

On Wednesday 28 February the Clean Energy Regulator released the 2016-17 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data.

Australian corporations that meet certain thresholds are required to report their emissions and energy information to the Clean Energy Regulator each financial year. This data helps inform government policy and programs and meet Australia’s international reporting obligations.

In 2016–17, the electricity supply industry accounted for 52.4% of all reported scope 1 emissions. Total electricity sector emissions decreased by 5 million tonnes, to 176 million tonnes CO2-e. This was largely due to reduced production from brown coal and the closure of the Hazelwood power station, improved efficiency of some black coal generators, and increased renewables generation.

AGL was Australia’s highest emitter in 2016-17, reporting 43.4 million tonnes CO2-e emitted. AGL is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and our approach to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change (greenhouse and energy) is documented within the AGL Greenhouse Gas Policy. The Policy acknowledges that Australia is moving to a carbon-constrained future, and provides a framework within which we will structure our greenhouse gas reduction activities. It also presents a pathway for the gradual decarbonisation of our generation portfolio by 2050.

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