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Question Without Notice No. 1543 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 December 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 4 December 2019

''CLIMATE CHANGE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA'' ISSUES PAPER

1543. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the response given to question on notice 2608, specifically the claim that a short-term period in relation to rising greenhouse gas emissions is considered to be two to three years.

(1) Given that the ''Climate Change in Western Australia'' issues paper claims that emissions will rise only in the short term, will the minister confirm that WA's emissions will not rise beyond 2023?

(2) If emissions will rise beyond 2023, does this government consider this to be a medium-term period; and, if so, will the minister please outline what the government considers to be a medium-term period and confirm that emissions will not increase beyond the specified medium-term period?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) Greenhouse gas emissions projections prepared by the commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy do not include separate projections for individual states and territories. Western Australia's emissions are likely to increase in the short term as a result of previously approved resource proposals in the state, which are in the process of increasing production. Some of these emissions may be offset by removals from land use, land use change and forestry. Opportunities to reduce Western Australia's greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the state's aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050 will be considered as part of the state climate policy.