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CO2 tax and tight consumers help lower emissions


Source: news.com.au. 29 April 2013

THE introduction of the carbon tax, power bill shock and a decline in manufacturing is all behind a drop in Australia's electricity greenhouse gas emissions to levels not seen for more than a decade, a report says.

The Climate Commission's report examining escalating global action on climate change, released today, reveals emissions from electricity generation in 2012 dropped by 4.7 per cent on the previous year.

And emissions from electricity hit the lowest levels seen since 2001-02 in the last six months of last year.

Coal-use is being scaled back as gas and green energy grows, with Australia nearly doubling its renewable energy capacity since 2001.

Other reasons behind the fall include price-conscience households and businesses cutting down on power use, an embracing of energy-saving equipment and a run on rooftop solar panels, which hit one million households last year.