This section provides an overview of Tasmania’s emissions against other key performance measures, including greenhouse gas emissions per capita and emissions per dollar of Gross State Product (GSP).
Greenhouse gas emissions per capita provide a measure of average emissions, taking into account changes in population. Tasmania’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions, which have fallen from a peak of 46.5 t CO2-e per person in 1990‑91 to -0.02 t CO2-e per person in 2015-16, are shown in Figure 9.
In 2015-16, Tasmania’s greenhouse gas emissions per capita figure was the lowest of all Australian states and territories, as shown in Figure 10. The jurisdiction with the second lowest emissions per capita is the Australian Capital Territory, however, this is only a partial inventory as most of its stationary energy is generated in New South Wales and the associated emissions are included in its inventory.
The greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of GSP provides an indicator of the emissions intensity or productivity of the economy, and is calculated by dividing Tasmania’s net greenhouse gas emissions by the value of its GSP. Since 1989-90, Tasmania’s emissions (excluding LULUCF) per dollar of GSP has declined from 0.49kg CO2-e per dollar of GSP, down to 0.28kg CO2-e per dollar in 2015-16, as shown in Figure 11. This is despite a 72 per cent increase in GSP over the same period.
Figure 11: Greenhouse gas emissions (excluding LULUCF) per dollar of Gross State Product (kg CO2-e per $)