EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND
1093. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Environment:
(1) Will the
minister confirm that in June 2018, the commonwealth's seventh
emissions reduction fund auction, at a cost to taxpayers of $90 million,
awarded 32 carbon abatement contracts to deliver over 6.7 million tonnes of
carbon abatement at an average price of $11.97 a tonne, bringing the cumulative
total to $2.29 billion?
(2) Of the $2.29
billion so far committed Australia-wide, how much has been applied to projects
in Western Australia?
(3) Does the
government of Western Australia remain committed to supporting a Canberra plan
that essentially pays Western Australian primary producers not to produce food
and not to produce fibre?
(4) What research into Canberra's emissions
reduction fund scheme was conducted by the then WA government before
agreeing to support the scheme?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1)–(2) These questions are
more appropriately asked of the relevant federal minister.
(3) The McGowan
government has provided in-principle support for carbon farming projects on the
state's pastoral lands. The specific carbon farming methods under
consideration by the government have the capacity to unlock new income streams
for pastoralists while restoring degraded rangelands. These methods are
anticipated to improve depleted rangelands and enhance productivity.
(4) I am advised
that no research was published on the emissions reduction fund scheme by the
Barnett government. The McGowan government is in the process of carefully
evaluating the pilot projects on the state's pastoral lands, noting
that the focus is initially on grazing strategies that promote regeneration of
native vegetation. This assessment will be completed prior to the state
granting final consent, which is required for emissions reduction fund projects
carried out on crown land.