- Legislative reform to allow the Forest Products Commission to trade in carbon passed by State Parliament
- New legislation will support the McGowan Government's record $350 million investment in growing WA's pine plantations
- Pine is a critical resource for Western Australia's building and construction industries
Amendments to the Forest Products Act 2000 that will allow the Forest Products Commission (FPC) to trade in carbon assets passed through the State Parliament today.
Until now, the FPC's functions were restricted to dealing with forest products, which are defined to mean trees, parts of trees and similar products. The statutory expansion of the FPC's functions under the new legislation, will now grant the FPC the right to own, trade and otherwise deal with carbon assets.
Carbon capture or sequestration in trees such as renewable pine plantations, is one of the most effective ways to remove carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change, from the atmosphere.
The McGowan Government has announced a record $350 million investment to plant new pine plantations over the next ten years.
The investment will secure thousands of existing jobs, create new jobs and ensure the long-term supply of pine, a critical material for our building and construction sectors.
Under the plan, up to 50 million pine trees will be planted, sequestering between 7.9 and 9.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The new legislation will now allow the FPC to obtain and then trade Australian Carbon Credit Units, which will generate a greater financial return to the Western Australian community.
Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:
"The McGowan Government's record $350 million expansion of WA's softwood estate, will create and secure local jobs, and ensure a strong, sustainable timber industry for the future.
"Under our plan, at least 33,000 hectares of new pine plantations will be planted, sequestering between 7.9 and 9.5 millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
"The new legislation will now enable the Forest Products Commission to trade carbon credits and generate revenue from the carbon sequestered in the 50 million pines that will be planted."
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