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Question Without Notice No. 372 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY — 2016–17 ANNUAL REPORT
      372. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to page 40 of the Environmental Protection Authority's 2016–17 annual report. Will the minister please provide an update, by item, on what the government has done to provide clarity on —
      (a) benchmarks for lower-emissions technologies;
      (b) WA-based greenhouse gas emissions targets or offsets;
      (c) emissions reporting requirements and transparency; and
          (d) differentiation between policies for emissions caused during electricity generation versus other sources of emissions?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question.
          �(a)–(d) The McGowan government is committed to playing a positive role on climate change. I note the Environmental Protection Authority's 2016–17 annual report and the request from the Environmental Protection Authority for a climate change policy review. As a first step, I have conducted a stocktake of climate change actions across government, including climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, projects and programs to guide our future approach and priorities, including in relation to lower-emissions technologies. In view of the repeal of the national carbon price, I have asked the Environmental Protection Authority to inquire into the greenhouse gas conditions currently in place on the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project. I have also asked the Environmental Protection Authority to inquire into and report on the implementation of conditions and definitions in ministerial statement 800 for the Gorgon gas development on Barrow Island. In addition, I have reinstated the climate change unit within the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. This unit is currently examining the various policy options that may be available to the government.