Following the government’s long term plan for a Clean Energy Future and its commitment under the Kyoto Protocol, it plans to cut pollution by at least five per cent compared with 2000 levels by 2020, cutting net expected pollution by at least 23 per cent in 2020 and 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050.
The progress of this target is tracked on National Greenhouse Accounts reports regularly published by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
With the assistance of renewable energy technologies including solar power systems and wind power, the country has been able to work towards this target.
Emissions of greenhouse gas have been broken down into main sectors including electricity, stationary energy, transport, fugitive emissions, industrial processes, agriculture and waste.
The report from the last quarter, June 2012 has showed that in the last few years the trend of increased electricity demand has been reducing and has been attributed by factors including the rapid uptake of solar photovoltaic panels across the country.
For information on the full report, refer to http://www.climatechange.gov.au/publications/greenhouse-acctg/national-greenhouse-gas-inventory-2012-06.aspx