Carbon Reduction

546.3 Mt CO2-e : Australia’s total carbon emissions

December 2010 – December 2011¹

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global problem with global consequences. While climate changes can occur naturally, there is now general agreement that global warming over the last 50 years is very likely the result of human activities, specifically the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Since 1950, Australia’s average annual temperature has increased by 0.9°C. If global emissions remain high, by 2070 the average annual temperature is projected to increase by a further 2.2 to 5.0°C Australia has about 0.3% of the world’s population, but contributes about 1.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions. This puts Australians among the highest per capita emitters.²

At the centre of the government’s policy on climate change is pricing carbon, or what has now become the “carbon tax”. The idea is that polluters will pay per tonne of carbon they release into the atmosphere. This cost will initially be set at $23, and increase gradually until 2015, when we will shift to a trading scheme that will let the market set the cost.

There are many opportunities for businesses in Australia to reduce their carbon emissions. One way is by improving energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources to reduce their electricity costs. LED lighting is a quick, effective solution where businesses can start to make an immediate impact on their contribution to emissions.

Global LEDA is committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

¹ http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/climate-change/emissions.aspx

² www.abs.gov.au Feature article on Climate Change in Australia