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Question Without Notice No. 914 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 August 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 22 August 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE — EXPORT EMISSIONS

914. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the article in The Guardian of 8 July titled ''Fossil fuel exports make Australia one of the worst contributors to climate crisis''. Given that Australia's total emissions, including exports, are five per cent of the total global emissions and are expected to rise to 17 per cent of global emissions by 2030, I ask the following.

(1) Has the state government undertaken any modelling of WA's export emissions; and, if so, can the minister please table it?

(2) Will the state government include any modelling of WA's export emissions in the proposed climate change policy?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) No, the state government has not undertaken any modelling of WA's export, or scope 3, emissions. In accordance with the current system of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, emissions are accounted for in the jurisdiction in which the emissions occur.