Submissions to the EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance now available

Release date: 
October 3, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has today published almost 7000 public submissions received as part of the consultation on its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

The intent of the 12-week consultation was to ensure the EPA’s assessment guidance on greenhouse gas emissions was well informed by industry and community views.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton thanked those who took the time to make a submission.

“While I will not be commenting on individual submissions, what is becoming clear from the almost 7000 submissions received is a variety of views exist, even from industry, on how greenhouse gas emissions should be managed in Western Australia and the role of the EPA in this space,” Dr Hatton said.

“A total of 6984 submissions were received with a broad range of often competing views, reflecting the complexity of the issues being contemplated during this consultation.

“The key themes raised in the submissions included the scope of emissions to be considered by the EPA, alignment with Federal and State policies, opportunities to pursue innovations in carbon offsets and renewable energy policies.”

Of the 6948 submissions:

  • 6655 were pro-forma submissions from seven different online campaigns
  • 293 were individual submissions

The library of submissions can be found here and a summary of key themes from the submissions can be found here.

Dr Hatton said the consultation is to ensure its new guidance is robust, reasonable and can be practically implemented by proponents. The EPA intends to release its revised greenhouse gas guidelines early next year.

 

EPA Media Contact: Jayne Rickard on 0466 534 008

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