Bill Hare says claim by emissions reduction minister is ‘grossly exaggerated’
Claims by the energy and emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, that Australia’s liquefied natural gas exports are reducing global emissions are “grossly exaggerated”, one of Australia’s most renowned climate scientists has said.
Bill Hare, who has worked in climate science for 30 years, including on UN negotiations, has questioned Taylor’s statement that Australia’s LNG exports cut global emissions by up to 148m tonnes because they replace higher-emission alternatives such as coal.
The Department based the estimate on data for the year to December 2018 from the Department of Industry’s March 2019 Resources and Energy Quarterly; the Department of Environment and Energy’s Australian Energy Statistics – Guide to Australian Energy Statistic 2017 and factors from the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008.
The Department compared the emissions that would be produced from the combustion of Australia’s LNG exports for the year to December 2018 against the emissions generated from the combustion of an equivalent amount of energy of black coal.