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The proposal

Clean State is advocating for Western Australia’s LNG production industry to be transitioned to exporting renewable energy derived hydrogen. Until this occurs, existing LNG operations can reduce domestic (Scope 1) emissions to net zero to deliver action on climate change and create thousands of jobs of West Australians.

This can be achieved through:

  1. 1. State Government and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) updating Ministerial Conditions on all existing LNG production facilities to:
    - require emissions avoidance and reduction measures according to the ‘abatement hierarchy’.
    - require all remaining emissions to be offset here in Western Australia through carbon farming, renewable energy and other offset industries that create jobs.
  2. Support the scaling up of the WA carbon farming industry to supply the demand for offsets (see separate initiative).
  3. Accelerate the adoption of the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and prioritise the transition of existing LNG industries to renewable hydrogen production.
  4. Update State Agreements, Ministerial Statements, operating licenses and regulations governing LNG operations to provide a regulatory pathway and support for transition to renewable hydrogen production and exports.
  5. Support the establishment of the Asia Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara to provide a large-scale renewable energy source for hydrogen production, so long as the location is appropriate to all environmental conditions are met.

We support climate action and clean jobs for Western Australia!