Protected Carbon in Australia

Basic Data

This table shows a summary of reserves and potential emissions from fossil fuel extraction projects in protected areas in Australia (including projects that are currently extracting, planned or idled).

  • Fossil Fuel Type
  • Fossil Fuel Quantity
  • CO2 Quantity (MT CO2e)
  • Oil & Gas
  • 1,365.7 MMBOE
  • 571.7
  • Coal
  • 0.0 MT
  • 0.0
  • Combined
  • 571.7

This table shows a summary of potential emissions from fossil fuel deposits under protected areas in Australia. Many of these are not yet the target of any industry activities and could more easily become part of a non-extraction policy.

  • Fossil Fuel Type
  • CO2 Quantity (MT CO2e)
  • Oil & Gas
  • 1,186.6
  • Coal
  • 29,561.0
  • Combined
  • 30,747.6

Profiting Companies and Governments

  • Fossil Fuel Type
  • Profiting Company
  • Oil & Gas
  • AGL Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Apex
  • Oil & Gas
  • Armour Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Bass Oil Limited
  • Oil & Gas
  • Beach Energy Limited
  • Oil & Gas
  • Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Bounty Oil and Gas NL
  • Oil & Gas
  • BP
  • Oil & Gas
  • BR Cyrano Pty Ltd
  • Oil & Gas
  • Buru Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Central Petroleum
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chelsea Oil & Gas
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chevron
  • Oil & Gas
  • CNOOC
  • Oil & Gas
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Oil & Gas
  • Cooper Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Crestal Petroleum
  • Oil & Gas
  • Empire Energy Group Ltd.
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy Exploration Pty Ltd
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy World
  • Oil & Gas
  • ExxonMobil
  • Oil & Gas
  • Gidgee Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Icon Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Inpex
  • Oil & Gas
  • IPB Petroleum Limited
  • Oil & Gas
  • JERA
  • Oil & Gas
  • Korea Gas
  • Oil & Gas
  • Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Melbana Energy Limited
  • Oil & Gas
  • Metgasco
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mineral Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mitsubishi Corp
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mitsui
  • Oil & Gas
  • New Hope Group
  • Oil & Gas
  • Octanex NL
  • Oil & Gas
  • Open acreage
  • Oil & Gas
  • Origin Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Ormil Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Osaka Gas
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrex Australia
  • Oil & Gas
  • PetroChina
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petronas
  • Oil & Gas
  • RCMA Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Red Sky Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Relinquished
  • Oil & Gas
  • Santos
  • Oil & Gas
  • Shell
  • Oil & Gas
  • Sinopec Group (parent)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Strike Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Synergia Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Theia Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Tokyo Gas
  • Oil & Gas
  • TotalEnergies
  • Oil & Gas
  • Tri-Star
  • Oil & Gas
  • Vintage Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Warrego Energy Limited
  • Oil & Gas
  • Woodside

Affected Areas

  • Fossil Fuel Type
  • Affected Area
  • Oil & Gas
  • Alexander Morrison
  • Oil & Gas
  • Argo-Rowley Terrace
  • Oil & Gas
  • Barrow Island
  • Oil & Gas
  • Beekeepers
  • Oil & Gas
  • Birriliburu
  • Oil & Gas
  • Boodie, Double Middle Islands
  • Oil & Gas
  • Boonanarring
  • Oil & Gas
  • Coongie Lakes
  • Oil & Gas
  • Dharawal
  • Oil & Gas
  • Expedition (Limited Depth)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Gascoyne
  • Oil & Gas
  • Gilmore
  • Oil & Gas
  • Great Australian Bight
  • Oil & Gas
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Oil & Gas
  • Great Western Tiers
  • Oil & Gas
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Oil & Gas
  • Innamincka
  • Oil & Gas
  • Joseph Bonaparte Gulf
  • Oil & Gas
  • Karajarri
  • Oil & Gas
  • Katiti Petermann
  • Oil & Gas
  • Kimberley
  • Oil & Gas
  • Limmen
  • Oil & Gas
  • Lower Glenelg
  • Oil & Gas
  • Montebello
  • Oil & Gas
  • Montebello Islands
  • Oil & Gas
  • Moore River
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mount Barney
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mount Willoughby
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mulligan River
  • Oil & Gas
  • Munga-Thirri--Simpson Desert
  • Oil & Gas
  • Newlands
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oceanic Shoals
  • Oil & Gas
  • South-East Arnhem Land
  • Oil & Gas
  • Strzelecki
  • Oil & Gas
  • Thevenard Island
  • Oil & Gas
  • Toolonga
  • Oil & Gas
  • Unnamed (No.HA560)
  • Oil & Gas
  • Yardanogo
  • Oil & Gas
  • Yengo

Early Warnings

This table shows untouched protected areas that have planned carbon extraction projects, along with their respective startup dates.

  • Affected Area
  • Startup Date
  • Montebello
  • 2028
  • Munga-Thirri--Simpson Desert
  • 2028
  • Oceanic Shoals
  • 2031
  • Gascoyne
  • 2032
  • Expedition (Limited Depth)
  • 2033
  • Great Western Tiers
  • 2037
  • Karajarri
  • 2040
  • Beekeepers
  • 2041
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 2041
  • South-East Arnhem Land
  • 2041
  • Great Australian Bight
  • 2042
  • Yengo
  • 2042
  • Birriliburu
  • 2043
  • Kimberley
  • 2044
  • Toolonga
  • 2044
  • Boodie, Double Middle Islands
  • 2045
  • Mount Barney
  • 2045
  • Boonanarring
  • 2046
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • 2046
  • Mount Willoughby
  • 2046
  • Joseph Bonaparte Gulf
  • 2052
  • Moore River
  • 2054
  • Alexander Morrison
  • 2057
  • Argo-Rowley Terrace
  • 2058
  • Mulligan River
  • 2062
  • Limmen
  • 2100
  • Lower Glenelg
  • 2100
  • Newlands
  • 2100
  • Unnamed (No.HA560)
  • 2100

This page was created using the best data available. Despite this, errors and omissions are likely. Please contact our team with any errors or confirmation requests you may have. Further information on sources and methodology is available on our data page.