Country on track to achieve Kyoto emissions reduction target

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Australia's greenhouse emissions are currently at 1990 levels and the country is on track to achieve its Kyoto target, according to federal environment minister David Kemp. Latest projections show Australia will reach around 110% of 1990 greenhouse emissions levels by the end of the decade. This is just over 2% above the 108% target agreed to at Kyoto, says Kemp. Latest greenhouse gas figures confirm a broad trend: emissions from the energy sector are growing, while emissions from land use change and forestry have declined. Australia's emissions per unit of GDP are projected to decline substantially, by 44% from 1990 to 2012, and are expected to decline further by 2020 to be 52% below the 1990 level. "Australia's current greenhouse programs are expected to deliver annual emissions abatement of 67 million tonnes by 2008-2012, that's equivalent to taking all today's cars, trucks and buses off the road," says Kemp.

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