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Sydney

2018/19 municipal emissions snapshot

Electricity 70%

  • Residential 6%
  • Commercial 51%
  • Industrial 13%

Gas 16%

  • Residential 1%
  • Commercial 12%
  • Industrial 3%

Transport 9%

  • On road 9%
Total municipal emissions
5 945 400
t CO2e

Sydney is a city that is geographically very small relative to the state average and has a very high urban density. It’s major emissions source is electricity consumption with the majority of this coming from commercial electricity consumption.

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SourceSectorEmissions (t CO2e)
Electricity Residential376 200
Commercial3 118 800
Industrial748 100
Gas Residential52 900
Commercial723 200
Industrial173 500
TransportOn road511 100
Domestic air travel0
WasteLandfill177 100
Water37 300
Agriculture27 200
Land Use-200

Land Use data is not used in the chart nor the displayed total municipal emissions.

Characteristics
Land area27 km2
Population245 459
Gross regional product$ 125 464 500 000
Climate zone5

About this report

This report outlines the major sources of carbon emissions for the entire municipality. Due to the approximate nature of the profile, the emission values are represented as rounded numbers. This report includes the following sources:

  • Stationary energy (grid supplied electricity/gas)
  • Transport (on-road use and domestic passenger air travel)
  • Waste (landfill and wastewater)
  • Agriculture (enteric fermentation, manure management, and synthetic fertilizer use)
  • Land Use Change (land clearance and reforestation)

It has been developed to be consistent with the Global Protocol of Carbon Emissions reporting (GPC Protocol), the main international standard for cities and local government areas.

The Snapshot provides you with a profile of your municipality’s emissions for the inventory year (2017) and gives a breakdown of emissions by sector. This Snapshot of your local government area’s greenhouse gas emissions profile is based on portioning state level data sets. Snapshot can be used alongside local data sets where more detail is needed.

There are a number of minor emissions sources that are included as part of a larger total or excluded. The full list of inclusions and exclusions can be found in the Methodology document.

For help using this report to plan CO2 reductions strategies, please see our user guide.

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