New emissions policy

State Government outlines emissions policy for major projects

The State Government released its greenhouse gas emissions policy on 28 August, for major projects assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The policy supports proponents of major new projects or project expansions that emit significant emissions, developing greenhouse gas management plans that details their contribution towards achieving the State's aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050.

The Government's approach aims to facilitate flexible solutions to greenhouse gas reduction that promote innovation, new technologies and new opportunities for Western Australia.

The EPA makes independent recommendations on major projects involving greenhouse emissions to the Minister for the Environment who will have regard to this policy in considering how any approvals for these major projects are conditioned.

The broader State Climate Policy is currently being developed and will be released in 2020.