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August
04
2015

Biggest Emissions Increase in a Decade for NEM

 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, August 4 2015


Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tonnes in the past two months, the quickest pace in more than a decade, according to analysis by energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry.


The surge in emissions in June and July from the National Electricity Market (NEM) was equal to about 1.2 per cent at an annualised rate, and was triggered by the removal of the carbon price a year ago and a diversion of lower-emissions gas to more lucrative export markets.


Black and brown coal accounted for 76.3 per cent of the NEM supply in July, up from 74.9 per cent in April, driving emissions higher as they supplanted lower emissions-intensive gas.


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