Our August 2022 Aviation Emissions Report looks at global passenger related aviation emissions, with a specific focus on the 25 largest markets by total aviation emissions.

After looking at New Zealand in our July 2022 aviation emissions report, this month we take a look at neighbouring Australia as our focus country.

RDC Emissions Report August 2022 Focus market on this month's report: Australia

Highlights from this month’s report include:

  • Total global passenger-related aviation emissions estimated at 56.24m tonnes.
  • Just over 40% of aviation emissions in August 2022 were covered by a compliance programme such as Corsia or EU ETS.
  • The largest growth rates in the 25 largest emitting markets in August 2022, when compared with August 2021 were Vietnam (+415%), Thailand (+284%) and Australia (+187%).
  • Year to date (January to August 2022) United States is the largest source of aviation emissions (97.9m tonnes CO2), followed by China (42.1m tonnes CO2) and United Kingdom (15.2m tonnes CO2).

Spotlight on Australia – the 15th largest source of passenger related aviation emissions in August 2022.

  • In August 2022, passenger related aviation emissions from Australia were estimated at 1.09m tonnes, 36% below pre pandemic levels in August 2019.
  • 47% of these emissions in August 2022 from Australia were covered by the CORSIA compliance scheme.
  • Inter-continental services have historically been the largest contributor to Australia’s aviation emissions. In 2021 however domestic services accounted for the majority of passenger related aviation emissions due to border restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Qantas is the largest emitter of aviation emissions from the Australian market over the past 12 months, followed by Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways.

Download this month’s report here

The detailed CO2 data which powers our monthly aviation emissions report is now available. To find out how to access this data for your own emissions analysis, be it research on a single route or across whole markets for any airline in the world, please contact us

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