The carbon tax appears to have been working

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has quietly published data, just two days before Christmas, showing the second year of operation of Australia’s carbon price was more successful at reducing emissions than the first.

Data shows that electricity (minus 4 per cent), agriculture (minus 2.6 per cent), industrial processes (minus 1.3 per cent) and transport sectors (minus 0.4 per cent) all experienced declines in emissions this year.

They were partially offset by a rise in fugitive emissions (5.1 per cent) and emissions from stationary energy (0.9 per cent).

Clearly fugitive emissions, whatever they may be, are a major problem. How do we catch them?

Whether the reductions that were achieved under the Carbon Tax would have been continued in future years is unknown.

Greg Hunt will now be responsible for demonstrating that the Federal government’s Action programme is going to be an improvement on what the carbon tax was able to achieve.

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