2019 municipal emissions snapshot

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  • Residential 24%
  • Commercial 21%
  • Industrial 32%
  • Residential 30%
  • Commercial 27%
  • Industrial 42%
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    • Automotive 13%
    • Motorcycle 1%
    • Aviation 4%
    • Automotive 76%
    • Motorcycle 1%
    • Aviation 23%
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    • Landfill 73%
    • Water 27%
    Total municipal emissions
    2 866 000
    t CO2e

    Townsville is a city that is moderate in size 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 Residential675 000
    Commercial603 000
    Industrial941 000
    Gas Residential0
    Transport* Automotive390 000
    Motorcycle1 000
    Aviation119 000
    WasteLandfill69 000
    Water25 000
    Agriculture43 000
    Land Use10 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 area3 731 km2
    Population195 032
    Gross regional product$ 10 900 416 500
    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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