The McGowan Government’s plan to transition the Western Australian economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions has taken another leap forward with the release of a roadmap for Sectoral Emissions Reduction Strategies (SERS).
Consultation will begin early next year on the SERS framework, entitled ‘Shaping Western Australia’s low-carbon future’, which was released by Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson today. The strategies will be led by a taskforce of seven cabinet ministers spanning portfolios including Energy, State Development, Agriculture and Food, Transport, Water and Lands.
Transitioning the WA economy to net zero by 2050 will not require all sectors to decarbonise at the same pace. Some sectors will be more easily able to reduce emissions in the short term while others may be constrained by technical limitations, existing infrastructure or stock turnover. Many businesses will rely on land-based offsets to meet their own interim targets, generating significant demand for local carbon farming projects in WA.
The development of SERS will help industry make the investment decisions needed to decarbonise and ensure the State is working together towards a prosperous, sustainable future.
The strategy will be underpinned by comprehensive economy-wide modelling and emissions projections, work on which is expected to start in 2022.
The SERS will provide a credible pathway to net zero by 2050, unlock cost effective carbon abatement solutions and accelerate investment in new low emissions technologies.
The State Government will lead by example by implementing new emissions reduction requirements in the public sector, with Government owned assets directly responsible for around six per cent of the State’s emissions.
As stated by Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:
“Achieving net zero in Western Australia will require changes across our economy including changes to our electricity supply, transport systems, and technologies used in businesses and homes.
“That is why we are developing a sector-by-sector plan in partnership with industry, research and community organisations, starting with the release of this roadmap.
“Coordinated and collaborative action across the economy will be crucial on the road to a sustainable future.
“The SERS will create a credible pathway for emissions reduction across industries and government, while increasing investment in new technologies and unlocking important carbon abatement measures.”