2019/20 municipal emissions snapshot

Electricity 66%

  • Residential 21%
  • Commercial 21%
  • Industrial 24%

Gas 1%

  • Commercial 0%
  • Industrial 1%

Transport* 28%

  • Automotive 12%
  • Motorcycle 1%
  • Aviation 15%

Waste 4%

Total municipal emissions
2 300 000
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 Residential488 000
Commercial485 000
Industrial575 000
Gas Residential0
Commercial3 000
Industrial3 000
Transport* Automotive273 000
Motorcycle1 000
Aviation365 000
WasteLandfill72 000
Water20 000
Agriculture15 000
Land Use19 000

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

Transport activity data from
Google Environmental Insights Explorer

Land area1 689 km2
Population167 656
Gross regional product$ 9 055 977 100
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 noted 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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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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