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Cairns

2018 municipal emissions snapshot

Electricity 64%

  • Residential 19%
  • Commercial 20%
  • Industrial 25%

Gas 1%

  • Commercial 0%
  • Industrial 1%

Transport* 30%

  • Automotive 13%
  • Aviation 17%

Waste 4%

Total municipal emissions
2 532 000
t CO2e

Cairns is a regional area that is geographically small relative to the state average and has a high urban density. Its major emissions source is electricity consumption with the majority of this coming from industrial electricity consumption.

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SourceSectorEmissions (t CO2e)
Electricity Residential486 000
Commercial497 000
Industrial651 000
Gas Residential0
Commercial3 000
Industrial4 000
Transport* Automotive321 000
Motorcycle0
Bus0
Rail0
Tram0
Aviation467 000
WasteLandfill70 000
Water20 000
Agriculture13 000
Land Use0

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

Transport activity data from
Google Environmental Insights Explorer (2018)

Characteristics
Land area1 689 km2
Population165 462
Gross regional product$ 8 898 192 600
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.

Note that the percentages presented might not add up to 100% because of rounding.

This report uses emissions data provided by Google.

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