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2004 Report


Energy use and greenhouse

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What the results tell us for Palerang

Palerang residents use energy in the forms of electricity, petroleum products, gas, wood and other renewable energy products. No data on energy use is available, either from renewable or non-renewable sources. Similarly no information is available on estimates of greenhouse gas contributions for Palerang Council Area residents.

Electricity bought from providers can be sourced from renewable sources for a fee in addition to the customer's usual charges. Using renewable energy in this way can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in energy production, as most electricity in Australia is produced in black coal-fired power stations. However the extent to which Palerang Council Area residents may have supported renewable energy options is not known.

Transport in the council area is by predominantly by motor vehicle as the only other form of transport available is the Sydney-Canberra rail line. It is possible that the quantity of fuel used per vehicle has been decreasing slightly as vehicles have become more efficient, thus reducing greenhouse emissions per vehicle. It is important to acknowledge that most developments affecting vehicle design, fuel and emissions are under the control of the Federal Government. However any reductions in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from improved car design may have been negated by the increased level of vehicle ownership in the council area over the reporting period (see Transport).

Wood is a popular form of heating in the council area, but contributes to greenhouse gases when it is burned. Ensuring that wood heaters are performing efficiently is one step towards reducing the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere.

As no natural gas is available in Palerang Council Area, liquid petroleum gas is used instead.