Update on bushfire emissions in Australia’s 2019-20 fire season

Our National Greenhouse Gas technical update on the bushfires provides information on how greenhouse gas emissions from bushfires affecting Australia’s temperate forests, and carbon sequestration in the recovering forests, are estimated and reported to meet our international commitments. It focusses on the 2019-20 bushfire season in Australia and includes preliminary estimates of greenhouse gas emissions released to the atmosphere.

The update relates to Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts, a series of comprehensive reports and databases that account for Australia’s net human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

Photo of a burned forest after a bushfire in the Blue Mountains.

We expect affected forests to recover over time, generating a significant carbon sink. Image credit: Getty.

Photo of a recovering forest after a bushfire.

Eucalyptus recovery one year after fires in Kinglake, Victoria. Image credit: CSIRO.

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