Experts have released Western Australia’s first Paris-compliant ‘carbon budget’ to the public

The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA)  and the Clean State project have commissioned one of the world’s leading independent climate research institutions to produce the first carbon budget for Western Australia that is compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees temperature rise.

The analysis, by Berlin-based Climate Analytics, will be provided as input to into the McGowan Government’s climate change issues discussion paper. It provides emissions reduction pathways and carbon reduction targets for each sector and the whole WA economy.

Download: A 1.5°C COMPATIBLE CARBON BUDGET FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA – WA’s role in implementing the Paris Agreement and capturing opportunities in a decarbonising global economy

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said the analysis was the first of its kind in WA and provided a roadmap for how Western Australia could comply with the Paris Agreement and meet the McGowan Government’s 2050 emissions reduction targets.

“This analysis shows how each sector of the WA economy can reduce pollution to net-zero by 2050 while staying within a carbon budget that is consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.

“At present, WA is the only state in Australia with rapidly rising emissions, breaching Australia’s international obligations due to growth in the LNG industry, however, the McGowan Government has announced an ‘aspirational’ target of net zero emissions by 2050.

“The research we have commissioned from the team at Climate Analytics shows how it is possible to reach that target with a mix of technology and other action to reduce pollution across every sector in our state.

“The carbon budget makes clear is that if one sector (such as LNG) is allowed to continue polluting at current levels or even grow its pollution, then other sectors have less carbon budget available and have to bear the cost of much deeper and faster cuts than they would otherwise have to make.

“When LNG companies like Chevron and Woodside say they should be allowed to keep polluting without limits then they are asking to take more than their fair share of the carbon budget. These companies then must answer the question – which other sectors do they suggest should cut deeper and faster to make up for their pollution?

“The budget sets out interim targets for emissions reduction and supports scientist’s recent call for new legislation to ensure that those targets are being met and reported against.

The analysis shows that at current pollution rates, the carbon budget would be entirely used up within 12 years, however, action to cut pollution now can deliver a range of very significant benefits and economic opportunities for the State, including thousands of new jobs in clean industries.

“This is the sort of analysis that should be commissioned by the McGowan Government but they clearly need some assistance with climate policy so we decided to commission this important work ourselves.

“We are making this carbon budget free for anyone to use, to help all stakeholders understand how Western Australia’s pollution must be reduced, in each sector, and overall.

It will provide an important evidence-based foundation to ensure that policy, investment and other decisions are in line with our international obligations on climate change.

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Western Australia’s Paris Agreement 1.5°C carbon budget is just 12 years of present emissions – report

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A 1.5°C COMPATIBLE CARBON BUDGET FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA – WA’s role in implementing the Paris Agreement and capturing opportunities in a decarbonising global economy

The West puts Shell in the spotlight for blocking action on climate change

Today’s West Australian article “Resource sector calls for EPA guidelines to be held back” quotes a submission from Shell Australia, which is seeking to block responsible job-creating action on climate in our state. What the article omits to mention is the blatant dishonesty of Shell on this issue. 

Publicly, the company has committed to the goals of the Paris agreement, which require complete decarbonisation of its global energy portfolio by 2050. Yet, Shell remains part of a joint venture seeking to develop one of the world’s largest and most polluting fossil fuel projects, right here on our doorstep. According to information supplied to the EPA, the combined Browse Basin and Burrup Hub LNG proposal would produce around 100 million tonnes of carbon pollution every year until well beyond 2050. 

This would make the project Australia’s largest pollution source, at roughly four times the emissions of the proposed Adani coal mine. LNG processing here in WA by Shell and other companies is already the state’s largest polluter and the single greatest factor driving up Australia’s climate pollution in breach of our international commitments. 

Independent analysis shows the EPA policy Shell is arguing against would create thousands of jobs and opportunities across our state in clean industries like carbon farming, renewable energy, tree planting and clean technology. At an estimated cost of just 2% of LNG company profits, offsetting climate damage is mere pocket change for multinationals paying no royalties for the gas they export and little tax on the proceeds of its sale.

By blocking climate action, companies like Shell are not only fuelling the climate emergency but are standing in the way of jobs and investment, and a cleaner future for our state.  Astonishingly, these companies argue that the cost of their climate damage should be borne by taxpayers and other businesses, while they receive record profits damaging our climate for free.

What the West Australian has so far failed to report is that the EPA consultation process actually revealed overwhelming support for action on climate change, and new rules requiring companies like Shell to offset their climate damaging pollution. Nearly seven thousand submissions were received by the EPA – over 98% of them in support of the policy or calling for even stronger action. Among those were a line-up of some of WA’s most respected scientists, farmers, faith groups, local government and industry leaders. Among those was Ian Dunlop, ex chair of the Australian Coal Association who argued in his submission that the EPA guidelines “are too conservative compared with measures which are now required to avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the WA environment.”

Let’s get real about action on climate change and the opportunities it would create for WA, rather than being held back by the state’s biggest polluters like Shell.

Piers Verstegen, Director Conservation Council of WA

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Seven signs of hope – How momentum is building towards real climate action in the West

There is no doubt that Western Australia is in a league of its own when it comes to damaging the climate. For starters, it is the only Australian state where carbon pollution is rapidly rising. Here it can be difficult to identify where government starts and multinational oil and gas companies end, in a place where pollution levels are higher and growing faster than almost anywhere else in the world.

But right now, if you know where to look, there are some inspiring signs of hope. Entrenched dynamics that have held back our potential as a clean state for far too long may be finally beginning to shift.

Here is a list of seven positive signs towards climate action in the West:

1. The public overwhelmingly supports action

Recent polling shows that 85% of Western Australians support stronger climate action. One in five believes the issue should be treated as an emergency, demanding an emergency-like response. Just 11% are undecided on the issue, and a minuscule 4% deny that climate change is an issue at all.

Until recently this broad consensus may not have been obvious.  It was certainly not evident in the letters pages of the state’s daily newspaper, which seem to be carefully curated to serve the news outlet’s own undisclosed interests in the oil and gas industry.

But that all changed on September 20 when incredible images and footage of Perth’s school strike for climate spread onto social media feeds and television screens around the globe. In a state that is known for its laid-back attitude this incredible event was not only the largest mobilisation on climate change Perth has ever seen, but was one of the largest protest gatherings to ever take place on any issue.

When the crowd swelled to well over 13,000 bursting the seams of Forrest Place, a different and more tangible kind of social proof became evident. History shows that when people mobilise at this scale, change happens. Those who try and resist this change get left behind.

2. Young people have found their voice on climate change

Young people have a unique and powerful mandate to speak about the future that will uniquely affect them. Whether motivated by the phenomenon that is Greta Thunberg, or the harsh reality that climate damage holds for their future, the voice of young people on this issue cannot be ignored.

For those who have enjoyed a safe and stable climate for most of their lives, it can be difficult to imagine what it is like for a young person facing a very different and uncertain future due to a damaged climate. But no amount of reprimanding letters or carping opinion pieces about how students should stay in school can diminish the legitimacy that young people have on this issue. The deniers and the complainers only serve to amplify the power and resonance of young people’s growing demands for action.

3. Those committed to action are powerfully united behind a common understanding of the problem

For years, climate action in WA has been hijacked by corporate spin and the politics of convenience, but there are signs that an important breakthrough has been reached – at least among those most engaged with the issue. A defining feature of the Perth climate strike was that almost every speaker directly called out WA’s state’s biggest polluters, Chevron and Woodside, with a newfound sense of clarity and urgency.

Picture credit: Désiré Mallet

At the same time, a serious discussion is beginning to emerge about toxic sponsorship of community events like the Chevron City to Surf and the Woodside Perth Fringe Festival. There is a dawning realisation that the arts and culture we love should not be used as a cheap advertising billboard for corporations whose business model involves wrecking the climate we rely on.

Admitting we have a problem is the first step towards fixing it, and these are just some of the hopeful signs that the reality here in our own backyard can now be spoken about openly and honestly. This makes the movement for climate action here in WA much more powerful, because it is more united than ever behind a common understanding of the problem that must be overcome.

4. False solutions from WA’s biggest polluters are losing traction

In the lead up to the climate rally, Western Australia’s daily newspaper proudly carried its own pre-emptive strike against climate action. An extensive editorial from the peak lobby group for the oil and gas industry repeated familiar lines, boldly claiming that WA’s fossil gas exports are part of the solution.

Governments of both persuasions have also promoted this message at various times as an excuse for allowing pollution from WA’s gas industry to rise out of control in breach of Australia’s international commitments.

Despite this, it is becoming increasingly obvious that we can’t burn our way out of climate change. More and more science is showing how critically damaging gas production is for the climate. At the same time countries all around the world are rapidly turning to renewable energy as a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

The fossil fuel backers won’t stop telling the fairy tale they are so fond of, but their attempts to frame the climate problem in ways that serve the interests of big polluters are no longer seen as credible by many of the general public.


5. New voices are joining the call for climate action and understanding the benefits it would bring

Consultation done by the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on its greenhouse gas policy reveals an incredible depth and diversity of support for climate action. Nearly seven thousand submissions were received by the EPA – unheard of in response to a technical guidance document – with over 98% calling for the EPA to reinstate the policy it was forced to withdraw under pressure from the LNG industry and the West Australian. Many of the submissions are not from the usual voices. Churches, foresters, farmers, doctors, business leaders, academics and a who’s who of our state’s top scientists all made strong contributions.

Many of these voices were inspired by the opportunity that climate action could bring. Independent research commissioned by the Conservation Council shows that requirements for WA’s biggest polluters to offset their climate damage will bring thousands of new jobs and opportunities for communities and businesses across the state. Over 4000 jobs would be created (more than the total workforce of WA’s LNG production facilities) in diverse sectors including transport, technology, renewable energy, tree planting and land management.

6. Inspiring action is occurring in unlikely places

Where governments are failing to lead, other ways are being found to tackle the problem. Limiting the sources of finance for climate-damaging fossil fuel developments is one example– and WA is a leader in this space,  with the highest proportion of Local Governments having disinvested from fossil fuels of anywhere in the country.

As of September, volunteer-led campaigns under the banner of 350.org and others have helped to motivate 17 separate councils, as well as the WA Local Government Association itself to shift their funds and managed investments out of any coal, oil, or gas developments and the banks that support them.

Such action has powerful symbolic value. It leads to conversations around boardrooms, council chambers and kitchen tables that begin to question the social license of corporations whose business model involves damaging the climate.

But the impact is more than symbolic, with fossil fuel companies now regularly citing divestment, and the resulting lack of access to cheap finance as a key barrier to their expansion plans.

7. Workers in climate-damaging industries understand that change is coming

While our politicians and business leaders continue to promote a false sense of security about the future of WA’s biggest polluters, the workers in these industries themselves know that change is coming. In Collie, this vacuum of leadership from government has led to dialogue within the community about how coal workers and their families might transition into new forms of employment and promote other forms of economic activity. This conversation is being led by the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union.

At the climate strike rally, Danny Cain from the Maritime Union reminded us that his organisation represented thousands of workers in the oil and gas industry, then immediately acknowledged that those jobs cannot continue. The future he said, must lie in renewable energy and clean industries that provide livelihoods for families and workers without wrecking the climate.

Out of this kind of honesty, a new form of hope can emerge for workers and communities. Rather than denying there is a problem, honest leadership can provide a new and fertile ground for a managed transition that leaves nobody behind in addressing the most powerfully uniting issue of our time.

Piers Verstegen
Director, Conservation Council of Western Australia

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WA gas pollution behind Morrison’s embarrassing no-show at NY climate summit

Western Australia’s peak environment and climate groups have called WA’s rising gas pollution an international embarrassment, causing the Prime Minister to avoid the New York climate summit where he would have to explain the cause of Australia’s failing climate policies and rising emissions.

WA Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Morrison is refusing to face the New York climate summit because he is embarrassed about Western Australia’s gas pollution problem, which is the primary driver of Australia’s rising emissions.

“The reason that the Prime Minister won’t front this important climate summit is that runaway pollution from WA’s LNG production is cancelling out the gains made by Morrison’s inadequate and ineffective climate policies.

“This embarrassment must be shared by the McGowan government. Despite the McGowan Government setting a new ‘aspirational’ net zero emissions target by 2050, Energy Minister Bill Johnston has signalled that pollution from LNG is expected to rise.

“LNG pollution is cancelling all gains made by the Morrison Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, resulting in Australia’s pollution increasing when it should be decreasing.

“We can get this embarrassing gas pollution problem under control, and at the same time create thousands of new jobs if WA LNG companies like Chevron and Woodside were required to make investments in renewable energy, tree planting and carbon farming.

“Instead, WA’s biggest polluters are dictating policy on climate change to the McGowan government, while their pollution has become an international embarrassment for Australia and WA.

“It is time to take action on climate change and realise Western Australia’s huge clean state potential, which we can be proud of, rather than embarrassed about.”

New rules for big polluters – a briefing note for EPA submissions

The WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting submissions on its draft Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidelines to help determine the how new projects should be assessed, and what controls and limits should be placed on carbon emissions from polluting industries.

This briefing note provides information to assist stakeholders and members of the public to make submissions supporting strong new rules for polluters that will help tackle global climate change, while also benefiting the WA environment and creating new jobs as part of a cleaner economy.

Action on climate change requires action at all levels of government, industry, and community, in order to rapidly reduce carbon pollution to net zero emissions as quickly as possible. However here in WA, carbon pollution is rising due to ineffective controls on WA’s biggest polluters. Driven by rapid expansion ion in gas processing for export, this rising pollution is in turn driving up Australia’s emissions and preventing international obligations under the Paris Agreement from being met.

As the agency with primary responsibility for providing advice to government on how carbon emissions from polluting industries should be controlled, it is essential that the EPA’s policy is updated and strengthened.

We believe that the key essential elements of an updated policy must:

  1. Reflect the science
  2. Prevent new or expanded fossil fuel production
  3. Require net zero emissions for all polluters
  4. Apply to all polluters and account for all pollution; and
  5. Apply a ‘mitigation hierarchy’ and require certified pollution offsets that benefit Western Australia

These policy principles are described in detail in our briefing note here.

Clean State encourages stakeholders and members of the public to make submissions to the EPA policy that support the approach outlined in our briefing note.

More information can be found on this consultation process, and submissions can be made until the closing date of Monday 2 September 2019 at www.epa.wa.gov.au Or, you can send your pre-filled submission here!

Australia’s emissions still rising, driven by WA dirty gas

The Federal Government has today released national greenhouse gas emissions figures that show Australia’s emissions continuing to climb. With the report delayed a week and despite global acknowledgement about the need to drastically reduce emissions to meet Paris agreement targets, this is the fourth straight emissions rise in a row under a coalition government.  

The major source of increased emissions is the exporting of gas to foreign countries like Japan and India. To export the gas, the production and transportation have a concentrated emissions burden, which is set to continue as new and expanding developments come online in Western Australia. WA Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is driving the surge in Australian emissions, at the same time cancelling out the net benefits of emissions reductions in the energy sector from the uptake of renewable energy production.

The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, has fought back suggestions that Australia would continue to default on international obligations saying that gas exports allow other nations to reduce their own pollution levels relative to other forms of energy production such as coal.

The ‘gas vs coal’ argument was today refuted by Mr Mark Ogge, principal adviser at The Australia Institute:

“Even if gas is used in Australia it is likely to be little, if any, cleaner than coal. And on top of that crowds out the development of cheaper zero emissions renewables, locking in gas infrastructure and continuing emissions for decades. This is is often ignored at the policy level.”

“But once gas is exported the greenhouse gas emissions produced are just as bad or worse” he said.

“This is because processing and transport for export uses a huge amount of energy creating additional emissions. On top of that there is methane leakage at every point of process, most of which is not even accounted for. The idea that gas is ‘clean’ is fossil fuel industry spin. Only the gas industry could spin the narrative of massive emissions export as somehow reducing emissions. Like ‘clean coal’ the notion of ‘clean gas’ has been completely discredited.”

Clean State campaigner Kate Kelly agreed saying that WA LNG is a massive source of emissions at every stage of production and end use amounting to over 200 million tonnes of climate pollution a year.

“We have independent research that shows the need to better regulate our gas industry, ensuring that we are making the most of the current boom and looking ahead to a brighter future with renewables” she said.

“At a time when all other developed countries are reducing emissions, a zero net emissions approach is the only way to go. We need to make sure that we reduce LNG pollution and use any offsets or controls on that industry to grow carbon farming and land restoration projects here in WA. We need to create new jobs and renewable technology as we go – it’s the best thing we can do for our state and our kids’ future.”

ABC’s Four Corners exposes the gap between Australia’s climate aspirations and the stark reality of LNG emissions

This week’s Four Corners program has highlighted why facing the climate change challenge should be the central concern of every decision maker in the nation. However, amongst the states, Western Australian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a major cause of Australia’s rising emissions, and is undermining our national capacity to meet the Paris agreement.

Ahead of the Liberal-National Coalition’s budget announcements, federal Labor published its emissions reduction plans yesterday, claiming that Australia could become a “renewables superpower”. There is an unrecognised potential for realising Western Australian carbon and job benefits if a Labor Government gains power and adjusts emissions policy settings after the upcoming national election.

At the state level, the announcement of Federal Labor policy coincided with WA Premier Mark McGowan’s trip to China to promote WA as an LNG ‘hub’ at a time when WA emissions are soaring. WA emissions are rising sharply relative to Australia’s carbon budget, making national capacity to keep on track for the Paris agreement extremely difficult. As evidenced by Reputex’s recent report, requiring the gas industry to offset their emissions from production could create more than 4,000 jobs in the carbon farming, renewables, and land management sectors.

At the same time there has been a surge in renewable energy capacity at the national level. To make the most of the transition, the Four Corner’s program identified that the renewables industry should be supported with regulatory approaches, which mandate targets that can replace fossil fuels for energy production.

Maintaining LNG industry viability whilst meeting Paris targets means supporting approaches such as the ‘zero net emissions’ stance of WA’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), which recently introduced a stronger greenhouse gas policy, only to withdraw it a week later citing the need for more industry and community consultation. Rather than a stronger ‘no new fossil fuel exploration or developments’ approach, the WA EPA has moderately signalled that industry certainty can be achieved by mandating 100% of emissions from large projects, throwing a lifeline to LNG exporters. Meanwhile, WA Health Minister and Deputy Premier Roger Cook yesterday announced a broad ranging inquiry into health and climate change mitigation for the state.

Comments attributed to Clean State campaign director Ms Kate Kelly:

“We are not on track to meet Paris commitments and it’s WA LNG that is driving up Australia’s emissions.

“How can our WA parliamentarians go to interstate forums such as COAG arguing that other states should reduce their emissions so that ours can increase?

“A sensible approach is to counterbalance emissions by requiring all new large projects to offset 100% of their production pollution. This will bring down pollution and generate investment in local carbon farming and renewable energy for WA, creating new jobs in growing industries like battery storage, lithium processing, and green hydrogen export.

“A commonsense approach to transitioning towards a carbon positive economy will allow WA to benefit from a timely regulatory response to the challenge of climate change.”

EPA policy news in the media

Here are some news articles and media releases examining the LNG industry and the recent policy withdrawal by the EPA on their greenhouse gas guidance here in Western Australia.

We recommend having a read of the following articles to find out more about interesting points in the debate, like just how many jobs are actually created by the LNG industry (around 1% of WA’s workforce), how many jobs could be created if the EPA’s policy was applied.

The West Australian, by Peter Milne, 27 March 2019

Future emissions shock for WA’s major LNG players

The LNG players that pushed back against new large projects having to offset all their greenhouse gases produce a dominant and growing share of the State’s carbon emissions from industry and power generation. 

WA Today, by Emma Young, 21 March 2019

Going carbon neutral would barely touch Woodside’s huge Pilbara profits: Thinktank

Oil and gas giant Woodside could right now completely offset all carbon emissions from its North West Shelf and Pluto operations in Western Australia for 1.1-1.5 per cent of those projects’ gross profits, according to a Canberra thinktank.

Guardian Australia, by Adam Morton, 20 March 2019

WA’s rejection of carbon-neutral guidelines leaves LNG emissions booming

Western Australia’s liquefied natural gas industry is the main driver for increased emissions but the state has refused to endorse EPA’s guidelines.

WA Today, by Emma Young, 19 March 2019

All I want to say is that, they don’t really care about us.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees will require nations to phase out coal by mid-century and leave most fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Even at 1.5 degrees, warmer, up to 90 per cent of the world’s coral reefs will die.

Environmental Protection Authority, Chair Dr Tom Hatton, 14 March 2019

Further consultation on Environmental Protection Authority greenhouse gas guidance recognised

WA Government announces EPA withdrawal on climate policy

The Premier Mark McGowan has today announced that the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has withdrawn their Air Quality Guidance which required the state’s biggest polluters to avoid, reduce and offset their emissions.

Only hours after hosting a round-table discussion with WA LNG companies and peak industry representatives, Premier Mark McGowan announced the sudden withdrawal of the EPA’s policy, published last week.

Clean State campaign manager Ms Kate Kelly said,

“The policy withdrawal is extremely disappointing given its moderate aims which only sought to offset production emissions and did not include end use pollution.

“Western Australia has an opportunity to stimulate significant employment in industries that can reduce pollution, such as the renewable energy and carbon farming industries to counter the runaway emissions from these projects. We need action on climate change now, our kids cannot wait, we cannot wait.”

Clean State polling shows that nearly 80% of Western Australians want action on climate change and believe that WA gas polluters should be regulated to offset their emissions. The Clean State campaign has collected the signatures of over 5,000 people who support the policy released by the EPA last week.

The pollution from the LNG industry in WA is a major driver in Australia’s emissions growth, with WA’s emissions rising by a staggering 27% between 2000 and 2016.

For as little as 2% of their profits Chevron could be making their pollution carbon ‘neutral’ according to Chevron’s own publicly reported emissions capacity.

Clean State released independent analysis from RepuTex Energy, revealing 4,000 new jobs would be created in land management, renewable energy and clean industries if the state government acted on requiring WA’s largest polluters to offset emissions.

“There is still an opportunity to capture significant employment and economic benefits for WA. 

Now, more than ever it is time to listen to the needs of our state and plan for a better future” Ms Kelly said.

Clean State will be supporting students in the school strike for climate action on Friday 15 March at St George’s Cathedral from 11am.

Clean State welcomes new Climate Policy from the Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has today released a new Air Quality Guidance which will put stronger obligations on fossil fuel companies to reduce and manage greenhouse gas emissions produced in Western Australia.

The outcome will be a ‘zero net emissions’ approach which will stimulate significant employment in industries that can reduce pollution and generate carbon credits, such as the renewable energy and carbon farming industries.

Clean State campaign manager, Ms Kate Kelly welcomed the policy adjustment saying that,

“Our children and our state now have a much brighter future because of the new Environmental Protection Authority climate policy. Fossil fuel companies will need to demonstrate that they are reducing and counterbalancing all of their climate pollution from production.  

At the same time, it provides enormous opportunity for our state’s economy to transition to using renewable energy alongside the growth of carbon offset industries here in WA.”

The new policy will bring State commitments closer in line with Australia’s international agreements and calls from climate scientists to reduce rather than increase climate pollution.

The recent upswing in Australia’s national emissions is mainly driven by the production of Western Australian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export which uses gas to fuel the liquefaction process and is very energy intensive.

Only 15% of WA gas is used in Western Australia, and only a small fraction of that (around 3%) is used in homes.

Clean State commissioned report, Offsetting Emissions from LNG in WA with independent analysis shows that around 4,000 new jobs would be created, mostly in regional areas through offsetting the emissions of major polluters on projects here in Western Australia. Tree planting, native vegetation or ecological restoration and avoiding clearing will all provide carbon credits, known as ‘carbon farming’.

The policy released today provides a fantastic opportunity for moving towards the diversification of regional economies whilst generating significant social and environmental benefits.

Ms Kelly says “reinstatement and strengthening of conditions on LNG and other fossil fuel companies will send a price signal to the market but one which they can easily meet with a few days of operating profits”

“Compared to the alternative which is runaway impacts from climate change, this policy shows that WA is ready to do its part to stop climate change and it’s a win win situation which will support the right industries and jobs to grow in our economy while looking after the environment.”