Greenhouse gas emissions assessment guidance - consultation

The EPA is consulting on the development of its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

The EPA wants to ensure its assessment guidance provides an appropriate framework for developing its advice to the state government on industry proposals.

This consultation will help ensure the EPA is well informed by the views of the community and industry on how it should consider greenhouse gas emissions as part of its assessments – and that the guidance is robust, reasonable and can be practically implemented by proponents.

A 12-week round of public submissions opened on 10 June 2019 and closed on 2 September 2019.

The EPA would like to thank everyone who took the time to make a submission.

What was the EPA looking for through this consultation?

The EPA was particularly interested in receiving views and information in the following areas to improve its greenhouse gas guidelines:

  • The information that should be required by the EPA for its environmental impact assessments.
  • How emissions associated with a proposal should be considered by the EPA.
  • The constraints on potential emission mitigation conditions the EPA should recognise.
  • Any other advice related to the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions by the EPA that would further clarify or improve the guidelines.

The background paper

The EPA has developed a background paper to support this consultation.

The background paper explains how the EPA uses such guidance, and the information the EPA was seeking through this consultation. See the background paper below:

EPA guidelines

The intention of the EPA’s factor guidelines – including those on greenhouse gas emissions – is to assist the EPA and proponents of significant proposals by outlining the information that may be required as part of an environmental assessment and explaining how that information may be considered by the EPA.

The EPA considers a proponent’s proposed endeavours to avoid, reduce or further offset the environmental impact of its proposed project.

The EPA regularly updates its guidelines across its 13 environmental factors, which are organised into five themes: Sea, Land, Water, Air and People.

The EPA is updating its greenhouse gas guidance to ensure it is current and reflects contemporary climate science, emissions trends, existing policies and regulation and the risks to the Western Australian environment.

EPA guidelines are not state policy, nor are they binding rules or regulation.

How EPA Factor guidelines are used for the assessment process

Consultation

This consultation will be carried out with the highest possible level of transparency and participation.

All submissions were welcome and will be considered by the EPA when drafting its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

Submissions were invited for a period of 12 weeks, starting on Monday 10 June 2019 and closing on Monday 2 September 2019.

These submissions will be published under the name of the submitter.

The EPA will review all submissions and prepare new guidance, which will be submitted to the EPA’s Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) for further feedback.

The EPA will then consider feedback from the SRG in finalising its greenhouse gas assessment guidance, which it intends to release by the end of the year.

Proposed timeline

Monday 10 June 2019 – public consultation opens on our Consultation Hub.

Monday 2 September 2019 – comment period closes.

September-October 2019 – public responses reviewed and published on the EPA website. The EPA considers public responses and prepares new draft guidelines.

October 2019 – new draft guidelines provided to SRG.

November-December 2019 – the EPA board considers feedback from the SRG.

December 2019 – the EPA intends to publish new assessment guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions.

Have your say

Submissions have now closed.

In submitting your feedback, it is important to note that the EPA intends to publish all submissions on the EPA website under the name of the submitter and no anonymous submissions will be accepted. Contact details, including email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers will not be published.