Australia’s carbon emission levels have increased by 1% due to increased driving and travel as part of the pandemic recovery. The hike presents a challenge for the new Labor administration, which has strengthened the nation’s climate pledge and aims to reduce emissions by 43 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Authorities predict the rise to last through the March quarter of 2022.
Additionally, this has led to:
- A 4% increase in transportation emissions, 3.3% increase in manufacturing emissions, and 4.2% increase in agriculture emissions as a result of a drought recovery
- A rapid growth in emissions of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry
- The government’s decision to offer tax breaks on electric vehicles to encourage the adoption of cleaner cars
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