CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
96. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to the minister's
announcement of a state-based climate change policy last year.
(1) Will the
minister please outline what work has been undertaken to develop this policy
since the announcement was made almost three months ago?
(2) Is the
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's climate change unit
on track to complete a comprehensive climate change policy by December 2019?
(3) As per the
minister's response to question without notice 1338, will the minister
please outline what policy objectives are being considered to develop the
climate change policy?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
ensure a coordinated approach across government, we are developing a Western Australian
climate policy to address the challenges of climate change with a road map for actions
from a state perspective. We will play our part to help Western Australia adapt
to current and projected impacts, and to protect our environment, economy and
community. The McGowan government has already commenced a wide range of
climate-related initiatives, including measures to enhance renewable energy and
strategies to secure our water supplies, accelerate the uptake of electric
vehicles and unlock our state's significant carbon sequestration
potential. A new state climate policy will draw together and build on these
measures. A directors general steering committee has been established to
support the development of a coordinated policy. As outlined by the Premier in
the other place on 12 February 2019, the policy will be developed this year and
will address both adaptation and mitigation.