Greenhouse gas emissions assessment guidance

The EPA is currently developing its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

The EPA wants to ensure its greenhouse gas assessment guidance, which is part of a suite of environmental guidelines used for its impact assessments, provides an appropriate framework for developing its advice to the state government. 

Earlier this year, the EPA opened a 12-week public consultation to ensure it was well informed by community and industry views on how greenhouse gas emissions should be considered as part of its assessment of significant proposals.

Almost 7000 submissions were received as part of this consultation and the EPA would like to thank everybody who took the time to make a submission. 

The EPA is considering the submissions while drafting its greenhouse gas assessment guidance. 

The EPA intends to release a draft of its new greenhouse gas assessment guidance in December 2019/January 2020. The Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the guidance. 

The EPA will then consider feedback from the SRG before finalising the guidance, which it intends to release in March 2020.

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:

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

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 have been 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 in early 2020.

The EPA has published the submissions it received during its 12-week consultation process.

  • 6984 submissions were received from private citizens, organisations, companies, industry bodies and academic and community groups

To read the submissions, visit the submissions library

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

Monday 2 September 2019 – comment period closes.

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

December 2019/January 2020 – new draft guidelines provided to SRG for consideration.

February 2020 – the EPA board considers feedback from the SRG.

March 2020 – the EPA publishes revised guidelines.

For more information see frequently asked questions.