Simon Corbell has announced that Canberra is not doing so well on the greenhouse front:
- Key findings in the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory included:
— emissions in the ACT in the financial year 2005-06 totalled 4.02Mt CO2-e. This figure is only a very small percentage of national net greenhouse gas emissions (0.7%) but it is a 2.4% increase from the previous year;
— the growth in ACT emissions of 25.2% on 1990 levels and 10.4% above 2000 levels is significantly higher than the national average;
— the increase in ACT electricity consumption has largely been in the commercial sector; and
— electricity consumption per residential customer has decreased. This reduction is due to actions such as fuel-switching to natural gas. In 2005-06, per capita emissions in the ACT were 12.0 tonnes per person.
But bear in mind that compared to the lights turning on for another million people in China or India this is of such miniscule significance as to be almost imperceptible.
UPDATED: A day later the Greens have bestirred themselves to profess disappointment.