Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Edwards appoints energy greenhouse taskforce members

    26/08/2005 12:00 AM

    Environment and Science Minister Judy Edwards today announced the membership of the Greenhouse and Energy Taskforce to advise Government on greenhouse policy as it applies to power stations.

    Dr Edwards described the calibre of the membership as outstanding and said she had full confidence in the ability of the taskforce to prepare an overall framework that would enable the State’s energy sector to meet the challenges associated with climate change.

    The Minister flagged the taskforce last May when she released her determination in respect to appeals on the proposed private coal-fired power station, Bluewaters 1, at Collie.

    “The taskforce will advise the Government on practical and economically feasible ways to manage greenhouse gas emissions from the stationary (non-transport) energy sector,” she said.

    “This sector contributes a significant component of Western Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. However, renewable energy and other low emissions technologies are continuing to develop, offering new possibilities for managing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.”

    The taskforce will build on the WA Greenhouse Strategy and the work already being done by the Sustainable Energy Development Office.

    The taskforce will be headed by former Environmental Protection Authority deputy chair, Dr Roy Green. Other members are:
    • Dr John Zillman, the recently retired president of the World Meteorological Organisation and head of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology;
    • Ms Cathy Zoi, group executive director of Bayard Capital, a private fund investing the environmental and sustainable energy sectors and a former chief of staff of environmental policy in the Clinton White House;
    • Mr John Akehurst, former chief executive officer of Woodside Petroleum Ltd and now CEO of Biostarch Pty Ltd; and
    • Mr Richard Begley, senior manager with the Allen Consulting Group and a specialist in greenhouse and sustainable energy economics and the development of carbon trading strategies.
    Dr Edwards said the taskforce would report direct to her as Minister for the Environment; Science and to State Development and Energy Minister Alan Carpenter.

    “We are delighted each of the members has accepted the State’s invitation to be on the taskforce,” she said.

    Key terms of reference for the taskforce are to advise on:
    • practical and economically feasible policies to manage greenhouse gas emissions from the stationary energy sector in the short term;
    • longer-term policies the State should consider to assist efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
    • the feasibility and implications of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2050;
    • measures to prepare the State for any national emissions trading scheme and future integration with international emissions trading markets; and
    • a proposed greenhouse offsets policy to provide clear ground rules for proponents of projects that will have significant greenhouse emissions.
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