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Climate change

Climate change is the result of the ‘enhanced greenhouse effect’ caused by increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which, in turn, result in more heat being trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere.

In this section:

Climate change issues consultation

The Government of Western Australia is calling for public comment on climate change issues and opportunities and has released an issues paper. 

We are seeking your feedback on the issues and questions outlined in the issues paper to help inform the development of WA’s new state climate policy.

Emissions policy for major projects

The Government of Western Australia has released its greenhouse gas emissions policy for major projects assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). 

The state government has committed to working with all sectors of the WA economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The policy, released in August 2019, supports proponents of projects that emit significant emissions developing greenhouse gas management plans that detail their contribution towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The government's approach aims to facilitate flexible solutions to greenhouse gas reduction that promote innovation, new technologies and new opportunities for WA.

The EPA makes independent recommendations on major projects involving greenhouse emissions to the Minister for the Environment, who will have regard to this policy in considering the conditions under which major projects are approved. The broader WA State Climate Policy is being developed and will be released in 2020.