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Question Without Notice No. 1398 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 November 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 22 November 2019

NET ZERO EMISSIONS — 2050 TARGET

1398. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the minister's comments during Wednesday's debate of the Greens WA motion on notice, specifically that the state government supports the commonwealth's emissions targets but wants reassurance that the targets are being met.

In the absence of interim targets, legislated emissions reduction targets, a legislated net zero emissions target, renewable energy targets, a detailed plan to transition away from fossil fuels and a requirement for transparent emissions data reporting or any accountability mechanisms, what reassurance do the people of WA have that the McGowan government's aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050 will be met?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I am tempted to give an expansive answer, but I will give the answer in front of me. I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

The state government is committed to working across all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The transition to cleaner energy in the state's main electricity grid is already underway, along with measures to enhance the state's sequestration potential through in-principle support for carbon farming on pastoral lease land. Opportunities to transition to net zero emissions across the economy will be considered as part of the state climate policy. The government is currently seeking the views of the Western Australian community on climate change issues and opportunities through a climate change issues paper. Feedback from the community will inform the new state climate policy.