A 12-week round of industry and community consultation on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions assessment guidance opens today.
EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the consultation will help ensure the EPA’s assessment guidance on greenhouse gas emissions is well informed by both the industry and the community’s views.
“The EPA is open to all views during the consultation and welcomes all submissions,” Dr Hatton said.
“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.”
The EPA provides independent environmental advice to the State Government and has provided advice on greenhouse gas emissions on significant projects for more than two decades.
Submissions are invited for a period of 12 weeks beginning Monday 10 June, 2019 closing on 2 September, 2019.
Submissions will be reviewed and published online following the consultation period.
The EPA will consider all submissions and prepare new greenhouse gas assessment guidelines which it intends to release later this year.
“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,” Dr Hatton said.
In March this year, the EPA published greenhouse gas assessment guidelines which were withdrawn to allow for further consultation.
For more information on the consultation process visit the EPA website.
Submissions can be made here.
A background paper on the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance is available here.
EPA Media Contact: Vivienne Ryan on 0400 866 450