Cook Government introduces carbon capture and storage bill

Legislation introduced to enable transport and storage of greenhouse gas
Date: Friday, 01 December 2023

Exploration for naturally occurring hydrogen to be provided for in Western Australia

Mines and Petroleum, and Hydrogen Industry Minister Bill Johnston today introduced the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 and the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Amendment Bill 2023 into the Western Australian Parliament.

The Bill proposes to enable the transport and storage of greenhouse gases in Western Australia, which aligns with net zero emissions ambitions within the WA Climate Policy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy.

As well as introducing a framework for greenhouse gas storage and transport, the exploration of naturally occurring hydrogen will be accommodated for as a regulated substance in the Bill.

Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) involves capturing and storing carbon dioxide to reduce emissions from industrial-scale processes and projects.

CCUS is one tool being used by hard-to-abate industries to decarbonise their operations across the world and is a mechanism the Cook Government supports to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum; Hydrogen Industries Minister Bill Johnston:

"The introduction of greenhouse gas storage and transport legislation is one of many options for the State’s response to climate change.

"As part of this response, the Bill provides the legislative certainty to encourage greenhouse gas storage projects and the development of the industry.

"The Cook Government is aware industry is interested in exploring for naturally occurring hydrogen as an alternative source of energy, and we’re committed to reducing emissions.

"Together, this amendment will assist Government and industry to progress towards the goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."