June 3, 2020
Australia reports lower greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 from declines in the farm sector
Australian government data showed greenhouse gas emissions in Australia dropped 0.9% in 2019 due to big declines in the farm industry from a prolonged drought depleting cattle and sheep herds, Reuters reported.
Australia's agriculture industry took a big hit from a prolonged drought last year, which decimated cattle and sheep herds but resulted in lower methane emissions.
However, Australian NGO Climate Council said the lower emissions may only be temporary as the drought has eased in the country.
The country's Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources said in a quarterly update that emissions dropped by 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e) to 532.5 Mt CO2-e. This is 13.7% below 2005 levels and on course for Australia's pledge in the Paris Accord to cut emissions by 26% to 28% by 2030.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the country have also declined due to growing use of wind and solar power, as well as reduced coal-fired generation.