UK to be the First Country to Require New Homes to Have Built-In EV Chargers

The UK government to introduce legislation that will mandate all new homes to have built-in EV chargers

What is Happening?

  • The UK Government will be introducing legislation that if passed, will require all new residential and non-residential constructions and homes to have built-in EV chargers station. 
  • The law is part of a larger, comprehensive decarbonisation plan to ban all new fossil fuel vehicles in the UK by 2040. 

Pending legislation in the UK will see all new non-residential buildings and homes to have built-in EV chargers, in a move to help encourage more drivers to transition towards electric vehicles and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. 

The new law, which is expected to come into force in 2022, will require homes and office buildings to feature “smart” charging stations that can charge EVs during off-peak hours and to have an EV charger installed for every five parking spaces.

“We will publish our consultation response on requiring all new residential and non-residential buildings to have a charge point, and we intend to lay legislation later this year,” said the Department for Transport Minister Rachel Maclean. “The Consultation, which was made available online for public comment, is a package of announcements to support electric vehicle drivers and improve the experience of charging.

“We also confirmed our intention to mandate that home and workplace electric vehicle chargers must be capable of smart charging,” Maclean added.

This could provide a more effective transition to electric vehicles in the UK as about two-thirds of households don’t have off-street parking or garages like a majority of homes do in countries like the US. 

Britain currently only has about 3,600 public EV chargers across the country, but the British government has announced a £1.3 billion investment to install another 150,000 across homes, public streets and motorways by the middle of the decade. Oil giant Shell has also recently announced plans to help install 50,000 on-street charging stations by 2025.

The push to electrify more private cars is part of a larger decarbonisation strategy for the UK to slash carbon emissions 100% by the year 2050. The new legislation could help another target of banning all new fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, and see monthly EV charger installations jump from 500 to 700, starting from 2022. 

How Can Cities Be Greener in a Global Warming World?

Cities are contributing to climate change more than anywhere else. Cities are also the places that will feel the effects of climate change more than anywhere else.

There’s no doubt that cities are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, due to the energy that’s required for electricity, heating, and water. This also means that they have the biggest opportunity to reduce emissions and make progress in creating greener cities. 

Infrastructure is also the area where city leaders have the most control. Throughout the world, cities are investing in efficiency measures to make building more sustainable. 

By 2050, it is estimated that almost 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Making the concept of sustainable communities an efficient and vital resolution to the growing urban population. 

Solar Energy and Batteries are a very efficient way of making cities greener in a global warming world! Here are some of the benefits of effective energy solutions. 

Solar Energy

One of the biggest benefits of solar energy is that it results in very few air pollutants. Widespread solar adoption significantly reduces nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause health problems. 

You can improve your health and protect the environment by reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and installing a solar energy system. 

Solar energy creates clean, renewable power from the sun and benefits the environment. Alternatives to fossil fuels reduce carbon footprint. Overall, reducing greenhouse gases around the world. Solar is known to have a favourable impact on the environment. 

By investing in solar energy, you can help reduce the dependence on fossil fuels in favour of one of the most abundant, consistent sources of energy we have available: our sun.

Not only can you save money on your electric bills, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of those around you. Get a quote today at MTG to see how much you can save by going solar. 

If you want to read more about the benefits of solar energy take a look at our blog “The many advantages of solar energy”

Battery Storage

Not at your building during the day? Save the energy you generate and use at night. 

If you have solar panels or are looking to install solar panels, you want to get the most out of your energy system. Installing solar battery storage for excess electricity generated by your panels is one great way to improve your electricity generation system’s performance throughout the day. 

At MTG Energy Solutions, we have qualified installers who can fit solar panel battery storage so you can use the electricity another time. Our dedicated team of battery storage experts will provide information and advice to help you choose the right solar battery for you. 

Solar battery storage allows you to store electricity generated from the sun via your solar panels to use in the evening or at a later date. Adding a solar battery system is a great way to use renewable energy to increase your independence from the grid.

Unlike generators, solar panels and battery storage systems don’t create noise pollution that will bother your neighbours. This is a unique benefit and is a great way for anyone who currently has a generator to update their system. 

Solar panels generate the most energy throughout the day when, traditionally, buildings use the least amount of electricity. This means your solar PV system will be producing a lot of surplus energy that would otherwise be wasted. Adding a battery allows you to store this extra electricity to use as and when you want. 

You could choose to use the excess energy stored in your battery to power your building in the evening. Making you even more independent from the grid or you could charge your electric vehicle, increasing the amount of clean energy used by your family.

Adding a battery could mean that the bulk of the electricity used by your building is low-carbon energy generated from the sun. Meaning you’ll import less electricity from the grid, saving you money on your energy bills.

When you install a solar battery, you get to use all the clean solar energy your panels produce. If that solar power isn’t stored in a battery, you’ll end up having to pull energy from the grid, which is usually produced using fossil fuels.

This means your building will be running on dirty energy when you could have been powering it with clean power that you stored. 

If your main reason for installing a solar system is your desire to go green, pairing solar with storage is the best way to ensure that your building maintains a small carbon footprint. 

Here at MTG Energy Solutions, we offer a solar battery as part of a solar system package or you can opt to add a battery at a later stage.

Solar PV Inspection via Manned aircraft

Some of the bigger inspectors of solar PV solutions have started to use Manned aircraft to inspect solar PV. This blog covers why and how…

Why Inspect Solar Systems with Manned Aircraft

Manned aircraft can serve as a viable option for inspecting solar PV systems. Costs may be minimized using manned aircraft when inspecting solar farms nearby each other. Large solar farms are a suitable use case for manned aircraft. This can be useful where airspace restrictions prohibit drone operations. Certain environmental conditions such as high winds or high temperatures can also necessitate the use of manned planes as they are more equipped than drones to handle environmental extremes. Fixed or single-axis ground mount and roof-mounted solar arrays are ideal for manned aircraft solar inspection. This is largely due to the consistent angle at which an entire solar array is oriented, making it easy to adjust the gimbal pitch to avoid glare. Conversely, manned aircraft solar inspections are not compatible with solar arrays mounted on dual-axis trackers. Dual-axis trackers can rotate to better track the sun throughout the day on its X-axis as well as on its Y-axis. The variation of tracker angles when inspecting this type of array make it difficult to identify whether elevated heat signatures are caused by electrical defects or increased glare.

Where to Find Aircraft & Operators

It’s common practice for manned aircraft solutions providers in the solar industry to use rented aircraft. Charter or inspection companies are a great way to find pilots and aircraft. Certified flight instructors (CFIs) at flight schools are also good resources. CFIs are already experienced in the aircraft and flight schools have posted rates for students and others who have “soloed” and are eligible to rent the aircraft. Charter companies, inspection companies and flight schools are located nationwide, so it’s only necessary to move people and equipment. A directory of flight schools and flying clubs can be found on the FAA website. When renting an aircraft, ensure that you are asking for the “wet” rate, which includes all operating costs, including fuel. Aircraft rentals may require a minimum rental of 4-8 hours.

But here at MTG,

we’re operating a little closer to the ground, if you need solar repairs, give us a call on 0115 888 2777

What Is A Solar Inverter and How Does It Work?

Solar inverters, also known as PV inverters, play a crucial role in the solar energy system. They are mostly considered the brains of a project. The solar panel inverter is beneficial in changing the direct current to an alternate current. Direct current is the power that flows in one direction in the circuit and assists in providing current when there is no electricity. What does a solar inverter do? Below is an informational guide into what a solar inverter is and how it works.

What Is a Solar Inverter, and Why Is It Important?

A solar inverter is one of the most vital components of a solar structure. The inverter transforms the energy output from solar panels into consumable electricity form used in residential or commercial properties.

How Does a Solar Inverter Work?

It works by taking the variable direct current from the solar panels and changing it into alternating 120V/240V or alternate current output. Most home appliances run on alternate current but not direct current. It is the reason why solar panels must change the direct current output collected by your solar panels.

Technically, the sun shines on your photovoltaic cells (solar panels), designed with semiconductor layers of crystalline silicon. The layers are a combination of negative and positive layers connected by a junction.

The layers absorb the light and transfer the solar energy to the photovoltaic cells. The energy runs around and bumps electrons lose. The electrons move between the negative and positive layers generating an electric current, commonly referred to as direct current.

Once the energy is produced, it is either sent directly to an inverter or stored in a battery for later use. This ultimately depends on the solar panel inverter system you have.

When the energy gets sent to the inverter, it is usually in the direct current format. However, your home requires an alternate current. The inverter gets hold of the energy and runs it via a transformer, consequently spitting out an alternate current output.

In short, the inverter runs the direct current via two or more transistors that turn on and off extremely fast and feed the transformer’s two varying sides.

What Does a Solar Inverter Do?

As previously mentioned, PV inverters are considered the brains of a solar energy system. This is to say, without the solar inverters, the whole system cannot function. Below are a few essential job duties for solar inverters.

Convert Direct Current to Alternate Current

This is a solar panel inverter’s basic function that helps create power that is usable in homes and commercial properties.

Maximize Power Output

Solar inverters continually keep track of the solar array’s voltage to discover the maximum power at which the modules can function. If modules are degraded, or shading happens from environmental factors, the inverters can unintentionally identify the string’s wrong peak. This reduces the system’s general energy production.

Interface with The Grid

New smart inverters have advanced from one-way to two-way communication with the grid, helping with grid-supporting functions. Smart inverters can carry out certain grid-supportive functions related to communication, frequency, voltage, and controls, owing to advanced software.

One of these grid-assistance functionalities is the ability to ride through minimal disturbances, such as voltage change. A smart inverter can turn into standby mode in the event of a voltage change and assess how long the disturbance occurs, and switch off if it persists.

Report on Power Production

Solar inverters help you to keep track of your solar system’s power output. The latest inverters come with communication capabilities via Wi-Fi, hardware Ethernet, or Bluetooth. With their technology, you can view the error codes, power reduction data, and diagnostics from inverters on their dedicated smartphone apps or computers.

Ensure Safe System Operation

Solar inverters are required to switch off in case of an electric arc, which is possible due to material degradation and system ageing. Inverters are programmed to spot these arcs, but research has discovered that not all inverters will do it effectively. CHINT inverters are among the top performers that will ensure safe system operation.

Types of Solar Inverters

Solar panel inverter technologies comprise three types, micro-inverters, power optimizers, and string inverters. String inverters are the most common option worldwide. Below are the three categories explained;

String Inverters

They are the most cost-effective inverter options available in the US. Previously, solar installation companies generally offered string inverters systems if your property’s roof had limited shading for long days and did not face multiple directions.

However, recent updates from major string inverter companies design the inverters to be applicable in wider circumstances. The panels are arranged into groups linked with strings, hence the name. Many panel strings can be linked to a single inverter, transforming the panels’ direct current electricity into appliance-friendly power.

Power Inverters

They are a type of module-level power electronics, usually with similar benefits as the micro-inverters but cheaper. The inverters are located at each panel. However, instead of converting the direct current to an alternate current at the panel site, the optimizers condition the direct current electricity and passes it to a string inverter.

Their panel-level optimization leads to a higher system efficiency than string inverters in instances where the roof is shaded.

  1. Micro-inverters

You can install these on each panel in a solar energy system. They transform the direct current electricity from your photovoltaic cells into alternate current electricity on your roof without needing a separate central inverter. Experts mostly mount them onto the back of the solar panels.

Just like with power optimizer inverters, micro-inverters allow you to monitor each solar panels’ performance.

Summary

Every home and residential property has different solar needs. A good way to determine what solar inverter you need is to calculate the amount of energy you would ordinarily require. With a quality CHINT solar panel inverter, there is almost no limit to what you can do with the power. It is always advisable to seek professional help if you need to consult or make a purchase.

UK’s Green Economy is Growing

A new report has found the UK low carbon and green economy to be four times the size of the country’s manufacturing sector. Despite experiencing a small downturn during the pandemic, the growth of the sector looks to be promising in the next five years. 

What is Happening? 

The UK’s low carbon and environmental goods and services sector is estimated to be worth around 200 billion Pounds. Which is four times more than the country’s manufacturing sector, according to a new analysis.

The low carbon sector encompasses products and services provided from across the UK economy including cleaner transportation and efficient home insulation. While the impact of the pandemic has been significant on the sector, forecasts for its future growth looks to be promising and its ability to recover from the pandemic.

In the new study, there are now more than 75,700 businesses in the UK green and low carbon economy, ranging from wind turbine manufacturers to recycling plants, with more than 1.2 million people employed in the sector between 2020 and 2021. 

Employment in the UK green economy was also at an all-time high in 2019/20 reaching up to 1.48 million jobs. Though the number experienced a slight drop when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Similarly, the number of green companies in the country increased up to 87,339 in 2019/20. 

The report is based on 900 data sources from the UK government, the private sector and academia.

Currently, low carbon companies take up the largest proportion of the sector at 49%, while renewable energy companies contribute to 35%. 

The sale of wind-generated electricity is particularly notable, the sector generated up to more than 33 billion pounds. Which includes control systems development and manufacture, consulting houses and companies providing power firming systems and services, maintenance services and grid integration services.

Aside from wind energy, the biggest growths experienced in the UK green economy between 2018/19 and 2019/20 include biomass (16.4%), wave and tidal (12.5%) and carbon capture and storage (11.7%). 

While the Bank of England forecasts about 7.3% growth for the UK economy in 2021, the green economy is unlikely to benefit from the injection of money in the country’s plan to boost the market. 

However, based on projection data, the sector is expected to grow up to 266.5 billion pounds over the next five years, though sales from energy generation will likely need to take at least two years to return to pre-pandemic numbers.

Green Economy graph

How to clean domestic solar panels?

How to clean solar panels has never gotten easier! Solar panel cleaning is an absolute must if you want to get the best possible performance out of your panels. 

Naturally, rain does a good job of cleaning them, however, it is still a good idea to give them a proper clean 3-4 times a year. The solar cells in the panel are covered by a glass coating for protective purposes. The dirtier this coating becomes, the less efficient the solar panel will be. Obstructions to the panels could be caused by pollution, dust, or even bird droppings. 

There are several ways to check and see if your solar panels need to be cleaned:

Physical inspection. Your solar panels should be inspected regularly, especially in areas where the weather conditions are unfavourable, or have significant levels of dust. The connections should also be checked at this time so you can keep yourself updated with their condition.

Use a monitoring service. A physical inspection is done regularly, but it’s good to back yourself up with a monitoring system. These are constantly monitoring the status and condition of the solar panels. This helps to prevent damage and could even increase the lifespan of your panels.

After you have checked your solar panel system and discovered that they’re pretty dirty, the panels need to be cleaned. There are several ways you can do this, some of them easier than others, and some are cheaper than you might expect.

It’s best to clean your panels on an overcast day, early in the morning, or in the late evening. If the panels are warmed by the sun then water can quickly evaporate on the panels and leave marks on the panel. 

There are two main ways of cleaning your solar panels: Hire a professional or do it yourself! If you are looking to do it yourself you’ll generally have all you need to do it at home. 

How to clean your domestic solar panels?

  • The most effective way to clean your solar panels is with a hose and a bucket of soapy water. Essentially, in the same way you would wash your car at home, as you don’t want to scratch the panels in any way. 
  • Using a good quality soft brush, sponge and squeegee with a plastic blade, can make for the perfect tools to clean your panels. 
  • Other equipment that can be used effectively is a soft cloth or biodegradable soap, as this will gently clean the panels without a scratch. 
  • If you often clean the panels, you might be able to just run a hose along the panels to remove any dirt. Fewer calls on solar panel maintenance.

Important things you should do when cleaning your solar panels!

  • If the panels are dry, use the soft brush to brush any loose dirt before tackling the panels with water.
  • It is important not to use harsh materials when cleaning solar panels as they could cause damage, and solar panels are expensive to repair.
  • Never use an abrasive sponge or soap for your solar panel cleaning as you may scratch the glass. 
  • For your safety and the safety of others around you, use a long-handled wiper to clean the panels while you are standing on the ground. However, If you must get on the roof, take proper care as once you begin cleaning, the roof becomes slippery and you could slide off when you get down, so use safety ropes or a harness for support. 
  • Always watch out for dirt on the solar panels to make sure it doesn’t build up since they can absorb sunlight better when they are free of dirt. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use any type of high-pressure water sprayer when washing off your solar panels. A high-pressure attachment can damage the solar panels themselves. 

If you would like to invest in solar panels but aren’t sure what to go for, simply enquire here and one of our professional installers will be in touch with the best advice for you. 

New Solar & Wind Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal

According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built around the world in 2020 will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants. 

What is Happening?

  • The report found that the falling cost of new wind farms and solar panels meant that 62% of new renewable energy projects could undercut the cost of up to 800GW worth of coal plants. This is enough to supply the UK’s electricity needs 10 times over.
  • According to the report, solar costs fell by 16% last year, while onshore wind costs fell 13% and offshore wind 9%. 
  • In less than 10 years, the cost of large-scale solar power has fallen by more than 85%, while onshore wind has fallen almost 56% and offshore wind has dropped 48%.

Francesco La Camera, Irena’s director-general, said the agency’s latest research proved the world was “far beyond the tipping point of coal”. He said: “Today renewables are the cheapest source of power. Renewables present countries tied to coal with an economically attractive phase-out agenda that ensures they meet growing energy demand while saving costs, adding jobs, boosting growth and meeting climate ambition.”

  • The report found that in Europe, the cost of a new coal plant would be well above the cost of new wind and solar farms. In the US, renewable energy could undercut between three-quarters and 91% of existing coal-fired power plants, while in India, renewable energy would be cheaper than between 87% and 91% of new plants. 
  • Phasing out 800GW of coal power capacity would be the equivalent of removing 9% of the world’s energy-related emissions in 2020 or 20% of the carbon savings needed by 2030 to help limit global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
  • The cost of renewable energy is predicted to continue to fall in the coming years. The report says that over the next two years three-quarters of all new solar power projects will be cheaper than new coal power plants, and onshore wind costs will be a quarter lower than the cheapest new coal-fired option.

The report says, “The trend confirms that low-cost renewables are not only the backbone of the electricity system but that they will also enable electrification in end uses like transport, buildings and industry and unlock competitive indirect electrification with renewable hydrogen.”

Wind and solar energy are set to gain cost competitiveness over fossil fuel and nuclear power in 2021. It is looking increasingly likely that it will be cheaper to add new wind and solar capacity in comparison to new fossil fuel power plants and nuclear power plants.

How To Avoid Solar Power Scammers

Today, scam calls are driving us all crazy, not to mention email inboxes full of junk. Solar panel scams can come out of nowhere, and if you’re not working with a quality solar installer, then there’s a chance that you’ll be tricked out of your hard-earned money.

The idea behind solar energy is clean and fresh. Everyone seems to want our society to rely less on the grid and become more self-sufficient. But like most pure ideologies, scammers can exploit the idea for their gain.

If you’re considering switching to solar energy, you have the right idea. But make sure you’re not deceived by a fake company pretending to care about renewable energy. Not all solar companies in the market are looking out for you, some just really want your money. 

SPOTTING THE SCAMS

If you’re going to avoid a solar scam, you first have to identify it as a scam. Like any other scam, solar scams can sometimes be very difficult to identify, so the key is to know and understand the tactics that reputable and not so reputable companies use to sell their products.

The easiest way to avoid solar panel scams is by doing an online search for testimonials. But if you’re talking to a salesperson, it can be difficult to whip out your phone and conduct research. In this case, ask probing questions about the company.

HIGH-PRESSURE SALES TACTICS

Solar panels are a very large investment. Like other large investments, you’ll need time to make sure that you’re ready to move forward on the purchase.

There is a possibility that a legitimate solar company simply has a pushy salesman. In these cases, stand your ground, don’t feel pressured to sign up, and research the company online.

OFFERING CHEAP REPLACEMENTS

Another solar panel scam companies try to use is offering to replace your existing solar panels free of charge. In most cases, this offer signifies cheap or faulty replacement equipment. Remember, no one offers things of worth freely.

SOLAR PANEL SCAMS – CHECKLIST

If you’re going to avoid solar panel scams then, you can use a list to check off when you start looking more in-depth at solar. Here is a solar panel scam checklist based on the list of different tactics we looked at above.

  • Avoid salespeople that use high-pressure tactics.
  • Watch out for individuals that pose as government or utility company representatives.
  • Watch for unrealistic prices to avoid companies that won’t get the job done right.
  • Look for companies that offer good contractual warranties.
  • Avoid companies that want to start without a contract.
  • Avoid leasing solar panels instead of buying them.

CHOOSE MTG Energy Solutions

Choosing solar energy is a responsible decision, but it should always be done under the right circumstances. Avoiding solar panel scams is just as crucial for the environment as the solar panels themselves. Our friendly team is always working hard to give you the best solar panel installations we can, and your satisfaction is our top priority. Call or visit our website for a free quote on our stellar solar installation services today!

What are the advantages of Solar PV

The best way to bring down the ongoing cost of your electricity is to generate your own and distribute it around your building. This makes you more independent from utility companies and their ever-increasing energy prices. Generating your own electricity from a renewable source such as Solar PV also gives you the added benefit of reducing your Carbon footprint and increasing your Corporate Social Responsibility.

Environmental credentials are an increasing concern for businesses as more and more companies are considering not just their own environmental impact but also that of the companies within their supply chain. Having Solar PV installed is a definite good news story that should be broadcast on social media channels. With the monitoring now available with Solar PV why not have a screen in your reception detailing how much energy you have generated and how much Carbon you have saved. Currently, there are tax benefits for installing Solar PV and grants may also be available to help towards the cost.

By not using electricity generated from fossil fuel sources, you will be directly helping the planet by lowering the carbon footprint of your business/home. Using renewable energy sources to power our everyday lives means less pollution in the atmosphere and helps move us towards a lower-carbon future.

With many businesses striving to decarbonise or achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status, installing a PV system is a very simple way of working towards this goal, while saving your business money as well.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of Solar PV.

Advantages:

  • Tax benefits.
  • Increase CSR.
  • An investment giving a return over time.
  • Non-intrusive – make use of the unused space on your roof or carpark.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Increase CSR.
  • An investment giving a return over time.
  • Non-intrusive – make use of the unused space on your roof or carpark.
  • Low maintenance.

Disadvantages:

  • Need sufficient space on roof, car park or grounds.
  • Need permission from building owner.
  • The initial outlay can be high.
  • Business rates may increase.

Australia’s carbon emissions plummeting to lowest levels in 30 years

Pandemic put a handbrake on transport emissions and slowed economic activity, while uptake in renewables also helped drive down levels.

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped last year to levels not seen in more than 30 years due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic that put a handbrake on fossil fuel burning in the transport sector and slowed economic activity.
New government data released Monday shows sectors where emissions fell sharply in 2020 due to factors beyond the government’s control – the global pandemic and the end of a sharp drought – were starting to rebound.

In the final quarter of 2020, transport emissions – which includes road and rail movement as well as domestic air travel – rose by 11% in the previous three months, reflecting the easing of lockdown restrictions and increases in domestic air travel.

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Increasing levels of solar and wind energy were continuing to push out coal in the electricity sector that accounts for a third of the country’s emissions.

Emissions in this sector have dropped 21% since 2009. A milder December meant people had used less power for cooling than usual, helping cut emissions further.

But the energy department data says long-term trends for other high-emitting sectors are heading in the wrong direction.

Since 1990, the department data shows the annual energy used mainly to produce goods in heavy industry has risen 52% and transport emissions have gone up 43%.

The department said there was also likely to be a growth in emissions from agriculture in coming quarters as sheep and cattle stocks increased following an easing of drought conditions and crop production went up.

Fugitive emissions from gases escaping into the atmosphere along the production and supply chain of oil, coal and gas fell 9% in 2020 from the previous year but were also rising long term as a result of the LNG industry, the government said.

Energy analyst Hugh Saddler, honorary associate professor at Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, said: “The only thing the government can take credit for here is not completely blocking the transition in the electricity sector.”

But he warned for the transition from coal to renewables to continue to deliver gains, much more would need to be done to allow the electricity network to accommodate more renewables.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic had caused the fall in transport emissions, which the government’s report says is now rising again.

Australia’s globally significant LNG export industry was increasing the emissions in the stationary energy sector. Burning gas to provide the energy needed to compress it into LNG for export was “putting a big kick up on Australia’s stationary energy emissions”, said Saddler.

In a statement, the energy minister, Angus Taylor, said despite the “upward pressure from growth in exports and industry”, emissions per capita and the emissions intensity of the economy were “at their lowest levels in three decades”.

Since 1990, Australia’s rate of land clearing has fallen rapidly and, while still high, is responsible for the biggest fall in the country’s annual greenhouse gas accounts.

The Greens leader, Adam Bandt, said Taylor’s “crowing about emissions reductions” relied on “a renewables transition he’s trying to slow, a Covid-related transport shift that he cannot prolong and a coal production drop that he’s trying to reverse”.

Bandt said while coal emissions were falling, “gas is pushing up climate pollution” and the government’s “hostility to electric vehicles” meant transport pollution would keep growing.
He said: “The lack of an EV plan is costing us. Transport pollution is going back up and will continue to do so while the Liberals keep waging war on EVs.

“We need 75% reduction by 2030 and net-zero by 2035, but today’s data shows we’re nowhere near that.”
Taylor said the government would “meet and beat our 2030 Paris target” to cut emissions by 26-28% compared with 2005 levels.

The Monday data, he said, showed Australia was now 20% below 2005 levels. Australia’s 2030 target has remained the same since 2015.