Evaluating the significance of Australia’s global fossil fuel carbon footprint

Date Published 2019, July

Authors Paola Yanguas Parra, Bill Hare, Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, Niklas Roming

Australia’s share of global CO2 emissions from domestic use of fossil fuels was about 1.4% in 2017. Accounting for fossil fuel exports lifts Australia’s global carbon footprint to about 5%. This is equivalent to the total emissions of Russia, which is ranked the fifth biggest CO2 emitter globally. If current government and industry projections for fossil fuel exports are realised, Australia could be responsible for about 13% of Paris Agreement- compatible global CO2 emissions in 2030.