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Question Without Notice No. 943 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS POLICY

943. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I refer to the Minister for Energy's comments on 6PR on Thursday, 29 August, following the release of the McGowan government's greenhouse gas emissions policy.

(1) Will the minister confirm that Western Australia's emissions are likely to be higher than the 2005 levels by 2030?

(2) Will the policy commit Western Australia to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by any particular percentage by 2030; and, if so, will the minister please table it?

(3) Has the minister or another representative from the McGowan government discussed with the federal government how Western Australia is expected to contribute to the national emissions reduction target; and, if so, will the minister please table it?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the Minister for Environment, the Minister for Energy has provided the following information.

(1)–(3) The commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy provides annual projections of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions to 2030 to assess how Australia is tracking against its emissions reduction targets. These projections do not include state-based projections.

As the Minister for Energy, Hon Bill Johnston, MLA, observed in his remarks last week that environmental approvals for new major resource and energy projects, including approvals by the commonwealth government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, are expected to lead to increases in Western Australia's greenhouse gas emissions in the short to medium term.

The McGowan government acknowledges the commonwealth government's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 per cent by 2030, and commits to working with the commonwealth to achieve this goal. Opportunities to transition Western Australia to net zero emissions by 2050 in an environmentally and economically responsible manner will be considered in the state climate policy, which is currently under development.