South Australia

2019 state emissions snapshot

Electricity 36%

  • Residential 13%
  • Commercial 9%
  • Industrial 14%

Gas 9%

  • Residential 3%
  • Commercial 2%
  • Industrial 4%

Transport 32%

  • Automotive 27%
  • Motorcycle 1%
  • Bus 1%
  • Rail 1%
  • Tram 1%
  • Aviation 1%

Waste 4%

Agriculture 19%

Total regional emissions
26 461 000
t CO2e

South Australia is a state that is moderate in size relative to the national average and has a low urban density. Its major emissions source is electricity consumption, due to the state’s scale of population and commercial activity. The second largest source of emissions is agriculture.

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SourceSectorEmissions (t CO2e)
Electricity Residential3 327 000
Commercial2 269 000
Industrial3 911 000
Gas Residential741 000
Commercial633 000
Industrial1 077 000
Transport Automotive7 528 000
Motorcycle28 000
Bus220 000
Rail37 000
Tram8 000
Aviation571 000
WasteLandfill841 000
Water220 000
Agriculture5 050 000
Land Use-64 000

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

Land area984 274 km2
Population1 751 963
Gross regional product$ 105 108 968 900

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.

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.

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