Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in Electricity?

Electricity emissions come from the combustion of fuel in power plants to generate grid-supplied electricity consumed by residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Emissions from electricity consumption are counted within the locality where the electricity is consumed rather than where the electricity is generated (i.e. not where the power plant is situated) so they are considered Scope 2 emissions. This sector also includes emissions resulting from the generation of electricity which is lost during transmission and distribution, these are considered Scope 3 emissions. State level emissions factors are sourced from the National Greenhouse Accounts Factors.

For more information on Electricity calculations and the methods used for residential, commercial and industrial electricity, please see the Methodology document which can be downloaded from the Resources page.

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