Emissions from fossil fuel consumption in Australia rose in the year to March, the latest Carbon Emissions Index report has shown.

In the year to March emissions were almost 4.4% higher than the low point in the year to June 2014.

Emissions from electricity generation, consumption of petroleum fuels and direct consumption of natural gas all increased between June 2014 and March 2016, the pit&sherry CEDEX report noted.

The Electricity Update for the year to May 2016 showed a slight drop in total demand for electricity in the NEM since the April 2016 Update, and associated small drop in emissions, as generation from black coal, brown coal and gas all fell slightly.

A contributing factor was the high output from wind generators in May, 22% more than the previous highest monthly wind generation.