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Cairns

2018 municipal emissions snapshot

Electricity 48%

  • Residential 14%
  • Commercial 15%
  • Industrial 19%

Gas 1%

  • Residential 0%
  • Commercial 0%
  • Industrial 1%

Transport 47%

  • On road 31%
  • Domestic air travel 16%

Waste 3%

Total municipal emissions
2 876 000
t CO2e

Cairns is a regional area that is geographically small relative to the state average and has a high urban density. It’s major emissions source is electricity consumption, due to the community’s scale of population and commercial activity. The second largest source of emissions is on road transportation.

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SourceSectorEmissions (t CO2e)
Electricity Residential415 700
Commercial437 600
Industrial559 600
Gas Residential200
Commercial1 500
Industrial2 200
TransportOn road906 700
Domestic air travel449 800
WasteLandfill69 400
Water20 300
Agriculture13 000
Land Use15 600

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

Characteristics
Land area1 689 km2
Population165 525
Gross regional product$ 8 951 500 000
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.

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

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