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reflects the overall decrease in the amount of renewable energy in the national electricity market as a result of the repeal of the carbon price, where a reduction in hydrogeneration has been replaced by an increase in electricity generated using brown coal.
ACT production of large-scale renewable energy generation began in 2014-15, with the Royalla Solar Farm producing 34 gigawatts of clean energy. However, this has not been enough to counter the drop in renewable energy in the national electricity market overall. ACT rooftop solar generation has increased from 55 gigawatt hours to 56 gigawatt hours, of which 31 gigawatt hours is eligible for a feed-in tariff payment.
Transport emissions increased by around seven per cent on 2013-14 and show a continuing upward trend. Transport emissions now account for 26 per cent of total ACT emissions, increased from 25 per cent previously. While the consumption of unleaded fuels appears to remain static, diesel fuel sales have shown an upward trend across fuel retailers in the ACT, reflecting a trend towards the increased fuel efficiency these vehicles offer.
Additional sources of transport fuel data have been included beyond what is collected under the Environment Protection (Fuel Sales Data) Amendment Act. That only includes fuel sold from retail service stations and does not account for bulk storage facilities. Together these account for the greater than predicted increase in emissions for the transport sector.
Waste emissions increased the largest of the reported sectors, by 24 per cent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, albeit from a much lower base. This follows a continual upward trend in emissions from waste, in line with population and economic trends, and highlights the need for new energy from waste infrastructure.
Greenhouse gas emissions per person increased in 2014-15 by an estimated three per cent but remain under the level of peaking emissions recorded in 2012-13, which were around 12 tonnes per person—under 10 tonnes per person in the latest reporting period. This is clearly not a continuing trend. The greenhouse gas emissions from the territory will continue to decline as more renewable energy becomes available, particularly though our large-scale solar and wind energy generation projects.
I would like to recognise the work of the independent consultant at Pitt&Sherry for their work in preparing this inventory in a very short period of time and of those organisations that have assisted through the provision of data at what is traditionally a very busy time of the year. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Emergencies Act 2004—review
Paper and statement by minister
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Emergencies Act, pursuant to subsection 203(2)—Review of the operation of the Emergencies Act 2004, dated October 2015