24 January 2023

The McGowan Government will introduce climate change legislation this year to establish a framework for responsible emissions reductions to meet Western Australia's goal of net zero by 2050.

  • Legislation will provide a framework for Western Australia's climate response
  • Formalises State Government's goal of net zero emissions by 2050
  • Creates statutory requirements to set emission reduction targets
  • Provides certainty for businesses and investors while enhancing climate resilience


This legislation will also formalise our ambitious aim to reduce Government emissions by 80 per cent below 2020 levels by 2030.


It will provide a framework for the State's climate change response and give industry, business and investors certainty and stability.


The legislation will create statutory requirements for the State Government to set interim emission reduction targets and develop strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change.


It means WA will have clear and necessary policies to reduce emissions, helping to mobilise private sector capital for the net zero transition and enhance climate resilience.


The legislation will ensure accountability and transparency requiring the Minister for Climate Action to report annually to Parliament on WA's net emissions and progress towards reduction targets.


Comments attributed to Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby:


"Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetime. We need to take decisive action this decade. This legislation will help accelerate our transition to net zero emissions in a responsible and achievable way.


"Legislation sends a strong signal about the priorities and leadership of our Government.  This includes our commitment to achieving an 80 per cent reduction in State Government emissions by 2030.


"This will help unlock critical investment in clean energy infrastructure and technologies, ultimately reducing costs for businesses.


"We're taking significant action to combat climate change. A new adaptation strategy will be released this year to help enhance our State's climate resilience and ensure adaptation is reflected in Government decision-making."


Comments attributed to Acting Energy Minister Sue Ellery:


"Legislation will drive investment in clean energy infrastructure and technologies while helping position our State as a green energy powerhouse.


"It will also enhance business confidence and stimulate change to accelerate WA's clean energy switch."


Climate Action Minister's office - 6552 6300

Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700