Monday, 23 March 2009

How many tonnes of GHG emisisons do Victoria's coal-fired power stations release each week?

The answer?
"The average weekly emissions from coal-fired power stations [in Victoria] was 1.236 MILLION tonnes."
With a population of 5.34 million (at the end of Sept 08), that's 231kg per person, per week, for every inhabitant of the state. That's around 4,600 of those black balloons we see on the TV ads for each of us, every week.

Bear in mind that these figures only include emissions from coal fired power stations and do not include other major emissions sources like burning gas, petrol, diesel, nor agricultural emissions nor deforestation.

96% of our electricity in Victoria comes from coal-fired power stations. These burn brown coal which make them some of the worst GHG polluting power plants in the world - here in our own back yard. Every kWh they produce causes 1.31kg of GHG emissions (CO2-e) (27 black balloons worth) to be released to the atmosphere.

Look at your last electricity bill to see how much electricity you used last quarter and multiply that by 1.31kg*.

For more in depth information on Australian GHG emsisions at a state level, pls see The Climate Group's Indicator web page or its 08/09 Summer Report.

*This figure is nearer 1.0kg for other Australian states since they do not burn brown coal. It's also much lower in Tasmania where a lot of their electricity comes from hydro generation.

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