Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    State Government to consult on EPA greenhouse gas guidance

    7/03/2019 3:35 PM
     
    • The Environmental Protection Authority has set out its expectations when considering greenhouse gas emissions, as part of its assessment process for significant proposals
    • Independent EPA guidance is not binding on the State Government
    • State Government will undertake broad consultation to ensure that environmental, social and economic impacts are fully understood as part of its response

    The McGowan Government has today noted the release of the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) revised guidance on mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

     

    The guidance, released today by the independent EPA, is not a government policy, but rather sets out the approach and expectations of the EPA when considering greenhouse gas emissions related to a proposal.

     

    Consultation on the EPA guidance will be undertaken to ensure that environmental, social and economic impacts are fully understood as part of the State Government response.

     

    The McGowan Government is focused on creating jobs and economic development, this will remain the key priority as we consider the State's response to the EPA advice. The resources sector is an important driver of WA's economy, with the LNG industry playing an important role as a transition fuel to lower global carbon emissions.

     

    Last year, the State Government announced that a new co-ordinated Climate Policy for the State would be developed by the end of 2019 to help WA play its part in meeting national emissions targets. It is the State Government's view that emissions mitigation is best managed through a nationally consistent approach.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "As a responsible State Government it is important to ensure that projects have certainty for the long term.

     

    "The McGowan Government is fully supportive of our job-creating LNG industry and will listen to their views as part of our response to the EPA.

     

    "It is important that we have a clear understanding of the social, economic and financial implications of the EPA's guidance.

     

    "We will consult widely as part of our consideration of the EPA's guidance and respond in due course to provide certainty for the industry."

     

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