24. January 2022

Three million hectares of WA land to be released for carbon farming


Ms Sanderson mentioned some areas bordered conservation land and others had been close to agricultural properties. Successful proponents would want to be “good neighbours” and take duty for fencing and managing hearth threat, pests and weeds.


“I think there’s just enormous benefit all around, and particularly for Aboriginal communities who do live remotely,” she mentioned.

The authorities plans to launch a possibility assertion within the first half of 2022, invite proponents to undertake feasibility research on particular person areas, and after detailed evaluation, award tenure in 2023.

The important choice standards will be the quantity of carbon credit probably to be generated, alternatives created for Aboriginal communities and the advantages to the state.

The tenure depends on legislative reforms introduced in November that may introduce diversification leases permitting a number of makes use of of Crown and pastoral land.

Ms Sanderson mentioned she hoped the preliminary releases of 3 million hectares would be adopted by additional phases to assist giant scale carbon farming.

Large-scale operators will be most popular due to the scale and multi-decade length of the dedication, particularly these with good relationships with conventional house owners.

Ms Sanderson mentioned the WA authorities recognised that lowering emissions, quite than offsetting them, was the most effective strategy.

“We ultimately want to get to net zero (but) … with the industry that we have getting to absolute zero is really challenging,” she mentioned.

“We’re also realistic that we need to provide opportunities to offset for those hard-to-abate industries, in particular oil and gas.


“So I think this is an opportunity for them.”

WA’s two massive LNG operators Woodside and Chevron are attainable contenders for carbon farming acreage.

In November, the WA Government ordered Chevron’s Gorgon LNG undertaking to purchase 5.2 million tonnes of carbon credit after 5 years of troubled makes an attempt to retailer CO2 underground. The $US55 billion undertaking had to try to bury all of the CO2 within the gasoline flowing to the plant however has saved solely about one-third.

Woodside, which operates the Pluto and North West Shelf LNG vegetation, wrote to WA Premier Mark McGowan in May to request assist for accessing carbon offsets to assist cut back its internet emissions.

The firm additionally requested for assist in establishing a hydrogen manufacturing and export hub and in October acquired a big lease within the Kwinana industrial space from the federal government for its proposed $1 billion H2Perth undertaking.

Both firms may additionally want to offset emissions from the Wheatstone LNG undertaking.

In early 2019 then Environment Minister Stephen Dawson referred the plant, owned 61 per cent by Chevron and 13 per cent by Woodside, to the WA Environmental Protection Authority for a assessment of its greenhouse gasoline emissions.

The intent was to solely assessment a requirement eliminated by the Barnett Liberal authorities for Wheatstone to offset CO2 within the reservoir that could be a minor half of the vegetation’ annual emissions of about 3.8 million tonnes.

However, the protracted assessment could lead to way more onerous circumstances. In 2020 the EPA adopted a a lot harder strategy on emissions that has resulted in different tasks having to cut back whole emissions over time in roughly a straight line in direction of internet zero by 2050.

An EPA spokeswoman mentioned the Authority would apply the brand new tips to its assessment of Wheatstone, and it anticipated to finalise and make its report public in early 2022.

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