Climate Crisis, Features

Carbon budget for WA released

Fossil Fool Bulletin • 3 December 2019

The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) and the Clean State project have commissioned one of the world’s leading independent climate research institutions to produce the first carbon budget for Western Australia that is compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees temperature rise.

The analysis, by Berlin-based Climate Analytics, will be provided as input to into the McGowan Government’s climate change issues discussion paper. It provides emissions reduction pathways and carbon reduction targets for each sector and the whole WA economy.

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said the analysis was the first of its kind in WA and provided a roadmap for how Western Australia could comply with the Paris Agreement and meet the McGowan Government’s 2050 emissions reduction targets.

“When LNG companies like Chevron and Woodside say they should be allowed to keep polluting without limits then they are asking to take more than their fair share of the carbon budget.

“The budget sets out interim targets for emissions reduction and supports scientist’s recent call for new legislation to ensure that those targets are being met and reported against.

“We are making this carbon budget free for anyone to use, to help all stakeholders understand how Western Australia’s pollution must be reduced, in each sector, and overall.”

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