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Cairns, QLD

2017 municipal emissions snapshot

Electricity 59.69%

  • Residential 15.60%
  • Commercial 9.15%
  • Industrial 34.94%

Gas 3.70%

  • Residential 0.24%
  • Commercial 0.05%
  • Industrial 3.41%

Transport 33.45%

Waste 2.77%

Total municipal emissions
3 082 000
t CO2e

Cairns is a regional area that is small area and has a moderate density. It’s major emissions source is industrial electricity consumption, likely due to the community’s industrial hubs within the municipal boundary. The second largest source of emissions is on road transportation.

The carbon emissions for Cairns have been demonstrating a very large increase since 2005, with very little change occuring occuring in the last few years. The driving factor for this is likely relatively large increases in industrial activity.

SourceSectorEmissions (t CO2e)
Electricity Residential480 800
Commercial282 100
Industrial1 076 700
Gas Residential7 300
Commercial1 500
Industrial105 100
TransportOn road570 900
Domestic air travel460 100
WasteLandfill61 700
Water23 600
Agriculture12 200
Land Use0

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

Land area1 689 km2
Population165 525
Gross regional product$ 8 830 000 000
Climate zone1

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.

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