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WA EPA opens emissions guideline consultation

The 12-week comment period began on 11 June, with the WA EPA calling for input from both community and industry on how it should consider greenhouse gas emissions when assessing significant proposals in the state.

The creation of new guidelines comes after the WA EPA published a guidance in March contending that any new or expansion project in WA that emits more than 100,000 t of carbon dioxide should fully offset its emissions.

After backlash from industry heavyweights and a meeting with WA Premier Mark McGowan, WA EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton retracted the directive and said more discussion was needed to find a suitable solution.

For its newest attempt at creating a guideline, Dr Hatton said the EPA was open to all views and welcomed all submissions.

“We want to ensure the greenhouse gas guidance we use for our assessment of significant proposals in Western Australia is robust and provides an effective framework within which the EPA will consider the greenhouse gas emissions of future proposals,” he said.

“During the development of the new guidelines the EPA remains mindful of any outcomes from discussions on greenhouse gas emissions at state and Commonwealth levels, and that any changes will potentially influence the EPA’s consideration of its assessment guidelines.”

WA EPA is looking to publish its new assessment guidelines in December this year and is only a recommendation to the government, which can choose whether to follow its advice.

For more information visit the WA EPA website.

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