Australian carbon emissions rise for first time in 10 years

THE Federal Opposition has hit out at the Coalition's climate policy after a report showing Australia's carbon emissions grew for the first time in 10 years in 2015.

Carbon market analyst RepuTex reports national emissions rose 1.3% in 2014-15, the first increase since 2005-06.

It also showed emissions were tipped to grow another 6% by 2020, while the government will have to use its Kyoto carryover credits to meet its target of a 5% cut by 2020, despite real growth forecast by the deadline.

Labor environment spokesman Mark Butler said it was time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to "confront the Nationals and extreme right-wing of his party" on climate change.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the government would meet its emissions reduction target.

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