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Question On Notice No. 2595 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Energy
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Transforming Energy Generation section of the Climate Change in Western Australia, issues paper, specifically the 16 percent increase of emissions in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) since 2005, and I ask:
(a) what has caused this emissions increase in the SWIS;
(b) are emissions in the SWIS expected to continue to rise;
(c) what is the projected emissions in the SWIS by:
(i) 2025;
(ii) 2030;
(iii) 2035;
(iv) 2040;
(v) 2045; and
(vi) 2050;
(d) what is expected to cause this increase or decrease in emissions;
(e) how does the Minister propose to mitigate any projected emissions rise;
(f) what is the percentage of emissions increase in the North West Interconnected System (NWIS) since 2005;
(g) what has caused the emissions increase in the NWIS;
(h) what is the projected emissions in the NWIS by:
(i) 2025;
(ii) 2030;
(iii) 2035;
(iv) 2040;
(v) 2045; and
(vi) 2050;
(i) what is expected to cause this increase or decrease in emissions; and
(j) how does the Minister propose to mitigate any projected emissions rise?

Answered on 22 November 2019

(a) Population and economic growth;

(b) - (c) Emissions data is collected and published nationally by the Commonwealth.

(d) There is a range of factors including population and economic growth, offset by continuing installation of rooftop PV and changes in the mix of large scale electricity generation plant towards more low-emissions generation technologies;

(e) The Western Australian Government is currently undertaking work to explore options for reducing electricity generation sector emissions. In addition, the Western Australian Government has made the following climate policy commitments:

  • delivery of a new State Climate Change Policy in 2020;
  • working with the Commonwealth to achieve the national emissions reduction target;
  • working with all sectors of the Western Australian economy towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050; and
  • a range of energy policy measures to manage the transition to new, cleaner energy technologies, including the Energy Transformation Strategy; and the announced retirement of the Muja C coal-fired units in 2022 and 2024;

(f) - (i) Emissions data and projections published by the Commonwealth do not provide separate figures for the NWIS;

(j) See (e) above.