Indicator: A-40 Greenhouse - change in total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per capita and gross domestic product

Data

Greenhouse gas emissions per capita, 1990-2003

Greenhouse gas emissions per capita, 1990-2003

Source: Department of the Environment and Heritage and Australian Greenhouse Office 2005, National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Analysis of Recent Trends and Greenhouse Indicators 1990-2003, DEH and AGO, Canberra, table A4.1

Greenhouse gas emissions per capita, 1990-2003

Greenhouse gas emissions per capita, 1990-2003

Source: Department of the Environment and Heritage and Australian Greenhouse Office 2005, National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Analysis of Recent Trends and Greenhouse Indicators 1990-2003, DEH and AGO, Canberra, tables A4.1 and A4.3

What the data mean

The data shows a slight decrease in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per head of population over the reporting period, 1990-2003 (from 32.1 tonnes per capita to 27.8). Similarly, the data shows a slight decrease in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per dollar of gross domestic product (from 1.090 kilograms per dollar of gross domestic product to 0.726).

Data Limitations

Nil known.

Issues for which this is an indicator and why

Atmosphere — Climate variability and change - Greenhouse 

Atmospheric constituents such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide contribute to a natural greenhouse effect and, with clouds, maintain the earth’s energy balance. The earth’s energy balance can change through increasing concentrations of these constituents in the atmosphere, as a result of human activities and natural events. Changes in total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per capita and gross domestic product give an indication of how well Australia is progressing in reducing greenhouse gas emissions relative to population and economic growth and as such a measure of our efficiency.

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