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Transport sector greenhouse gas emissions

Key finding

Emissions from the transport sector have increased 18% between 2005 and 2014. Road transport including passenger cars was the main source of emissions.

Queensland’s transport sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have grown steadily from 11.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 1990 to reach 21.1 million tonnes in 2014.

The transport sector is currently Queensland’s second largest source of emissions overall. Road transport is the main source of GHG emissions with nearly half of all transport emissions produced by passenger cars.

Between 1990 and 2014, emissions from passenger vehicles, rail and bus transport, domestic aviation, light commercial vehicles and heavy duty vehicles have all increased, reflecting Queensland’s economic growth.

Motorcycles have been excluded from the graph as their emissions contribution is very small.

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Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions, in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 - e), of transport sector

Queensland annual greenhouse gas emissions in millions of tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent from 1990-2014 by transport sector.

Proportion of Queensland’s transport emissions by category, 2014

CategoryEmissions (million tonnes)
Domestic aviation2.376
Cars9.173
Light commercial vehicles3.11
Heavy duty trucks and buses5.167
Motorcycles0.057
Railways0.724
Navigation0.351
Other0.096

Trends in Queensland’s transport emissions, by category

YearDomestic aviationCarsLight commercial vehiclesHeavy duty trucks and busesMotorcyclesRailwaysNavigationOther
19900.6365.9471.2932.1820.0350.3790.6610.053
19910.795.9911.2962.1610.0360.380.6940.053
19920.8546.21.3432.2440.0370.2840.6570.059
19930.8986.4691.4082.3840.0380.2770.6380.059
19940.9536.661.4612.5190.0390.2840.6020.044
19951.1256.9411.5412.7240.040.2870.7530.039
19961.2387.0931.5972.9040.0410.2820.6840.039
19971.3197.1161.6283.0620.0410.2790.7320.039
19981.1987.2151.6673.1960.0410.2770.7610.039
19991.1587.5121.6593.1830.030.2920.6070.039
20001.2067.7071.7533.2710.0340.2910.6340.06
20011.3327.6571.9263.1730.0390.3650.6740.06
20021.2577.8232.0573.3820.050.4290.6770.06
20031.2118.2142.043.5020.040.4260.6760.065
20041.2828.5842.3113.6510.0470.5270.7660.069
20051.4378.7642.2683.7710.040.4740.9710.071
20061.5268.8172.3183.9640.0410.4580.8620.076
20071.6648.7522.4934.2730.0610.4591.0310.078
20081.789.0242.6564.3110.0670.81.1140.083
20091.8159.0062.7764.3190.070.80.7960.053
20101.8019.0682.9324.3170.0740.8710.7660.064
20111.9489.1212.974.5880.0650.7950.6560.099
20122.229.4523.0434.8620.0580.6860.6260.107
20132.2879.3943.0934.9610.0610.7240.3720.116
20142.3769.1733.115.1670.0570.7240.3510.096

Queensland’s total transport emissions

YearEmissions (million tonnes)
199011.187
199111.402
199211.677
199312.172
199412.561
199513.45
199613.877
199714.217
199814.395
199914.48
200014.957
200115.225
200215.737
200316.174
200417.238
200517.796
200618.061
200718.811
200819.835
200919.634
201019.893
201120.24
201221.053
201321.007
201421.054

Download data from Queensland Government data

Last updated
10 July 2017