WA Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidelines (2019)

Policy Description

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) published its greenhouse gas assessment guidance in March 2019 to guide environmental assessments for new or expanded projects with direct scope 1 emissions of more than 100,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent per year. Under the Guidance, the EPA could request credible estimates of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions over the life of the proposal as well as measures to avoid, reduce and offset emissions. Proponents of these projects were required to offset any Scope 1 or 2 residual (net) emissions associated with the proposal. Proponents were not required to offset Scope 3 emissions.

InfluenceMap Query

GHG Emission Regulation

Policy Status

Inactive: Withdrawn

Lobbying Overview

  • The evidence collected on corporate and industry lobbying on the Western Australia's Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidance from 2019-20 indicates that the vast majority of corporate engagement on the Guidance has been highly unsupportive.
  • Companies including BP and Woodside, as well as industry groups such as APPEA, Business Council of Australia and Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, opposed or lobbied to weaken the guidance. InfluenceMap found one case of support for the guidance by the Macquarie Group in 2019.

Evidence Profile

238210

Policy Progress

Western Australia's Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidance was withdrawn in March 2019, one week after it was announced, amid concern from industry around the lack of opportunity to provide input. A revised version was released in April 2020 with less stringent requirements for assessments.

Entities Engaged on Policy

The table below lists the entities tracked by InfluenceMap which have publicly engaged with the policy. InfluenceMap tracks around 300 companies and 150 industry associations globally. Each entity links back to the entities’ full InfluenceMap profile, where the evidence of its engagement can be found.

InfluenceMap Performance Band
Organization
Sector
Headquartered
E
Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Materials Australia
D-
Woodside Energy Australia
D+
BP Energy United Kingdom
D-
Rio Tinto Group Materials United Kingdom
D
Business Council of Australia All Sectors Australia
C
Macquarie Group Financials Australia
D-
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Energy Australia
F
Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Materials Australia
D
BHP Materials Australia
C-
Origin Energy Energy Australia