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Question Without Notice No. 706 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 October 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 12 October 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE
      706. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to the answer to question on notice 75 in which the minister stated that he is —
      � undertaking a stocktake of climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, projects and programs across government.
(1) Has this stocktake been completed?
(2) If no to (1), when will it be completed?
      (3) If yes to (1), what was the outcome and results of the stocktake and how has it changed the government's approach and priorities with regard to climate change?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) The stocktake that I initiated has been completed.
(2) Not applicable.
      (3) The stocktake identified 84 mitigation and 115 adaptation measures being undertaken across government. Mitigation initiatives include measures to promote renewable energy and energy storage technologies, sustainability programs, measures to reduce waste disposed to landfill, and travel behaviour change initiatives. Adaptation initiatives include measures to address extreme events, the natural environment, water or food security, the built environment, and the coastal zone. The McGowan Labor government is committed to dealing with the effects of climate change and is undertaking several key initiatives. Some of the major government initiatives include the Albany wave energy project and the goldfields major solar feasibility study. In addition, the stocktake is further informing this government's approach and priorities in this area.