Testing confirmed it is possible to use the improved National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) data set to reveal sub-sectoral trends in energy consumption and emissions
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) data set, administered by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), is a high quality source of information on greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and consumption. The data set is used as an input into a variety of Australian government, business and academic statistics, analyses and to support decision making. This includes being the primary input into Australia’s official emissions and energy statistics.
This PEAN project undertook a range of analytic activities to remediate facility-level metadata so that it is easier to match facilities and sectors over time. This will enable researchers and policymakers to derive greater analytical value from NGER data by providing time series continuity and a reduced need for users to match facilities themselves. The project did not change reported energy production, use or emissions data.
NGER data at this level of detail cannot be disclosed publicly. The following chart indicates the type of analysis that can occur, aggregated to maintain privacy.
Natural gas use by east coast manufacturing facilities
Figure 1 Natural gas use by east coast manufacturing facilities that reported data to the Clean Energy Regulator from 2012–13 to 2017–18
This chart shows aggregate NGER data as reported by facilities, it may differ from other data sets such as the Australian Energy Statistics.
Queensland is the largest natural gas using state for NGER reporting manufacturing facilities on the east coast of Australia. For 2012–13 to 2017–18, NGER reporting facilities in Queensland used over 80 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas each year. Manufacturing facilities in New South Wales and Victoria that are required to report to the CER each consumed roughly 50 PJ of natural gas each year. Overall, reported natural gas consumption declined gently across the east coast with all states, except Tasmania, consuming less in 2017-18 than in 2012-13.