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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 308 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY — GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS —BRIEFING NOTES

308. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to question without notice 285 answered on 3 April 2019.

(1) Will the minister confirm that the Conservation Council of Western Australia, the World Wildlife Fund, the Wilderness Society, the Environmental Defender's Office, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Environmental Consultants Association, and Natural Resource Management WA were consulted on the EPA's decision to amend the guidelines to include a requirement to fully offset all scope 1 emissions from projects emitting over 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum?

(2) Were any formal documents prepared to guide the consultation process, and were they provided to the stakeholder reference group?

(3) If yes to (2), will the minister table the documents; and, if not, why not?

(4) Was the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the minister's office or the Premier's office consulted in the preparation of the revised guidelines prior to the briefing on 21 February 2019?

(5) If yes to (4), who was consulted and on what dates did the consultation take place?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the Leader of the Opposition for some notice of the question.

(1) I am advised that the Environmental Protection Authority's revised greenhouse gas guidelines, including the requirement to fully offset all scope 1 emissions from projects emitting over 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum, were discussed at the 27 February 2019 stakeholder reference group meeting. The Conservation Council of Western Australia, the Wilderness Society, the Environmental Defender's Office, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Environmental Consultants Association, and Natural Resource Management Western Australia attended that meeting. In addition, other attendees included the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association, the Western Australian Local Government Association, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. The World Wildlife Fund did not attend that meeting.

(2)–(3) I am advised by the EPA that no revised guidelines or other documents outlining the requirement to fully offset all scope 1 emissions from projects emitting over 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum were provided to the stakeholder reference group.

(4)–(5) The details regarding the timing of meetings of my office with the EPA on the draft greenhouse gas guidelines are outlined in my response to Hon Dr Steve Thomas' motion on this issue on 14 March 2019. I table the attached Hansard extract. Questions relating to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet or the Premier's office should be referred to the Premier.

[See paper 2562.]