Low carbon transition

Western Australia’s aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050 will ensure business well placed to thrive in a low-carbon world and Western Australians can look forward to a secure, sustainable future.

Western Australia’s aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050 will ensure business well placed to thrive in a low-carbon world and Western Australians can look forward to a secure, sustainable future. 

Reversing the trend of rising emissions in Western Australia – and continuing to grow our economy while transitioning toward net zero emissions – will require ongoing commitment, investment in technology, and leadership from both the State and Commonwealth Australian Governments.

Reducing emissions in some sectors of the Western Australian economy is straightforward while abatement in other sectors is difficult or ‘hard to reach’. Decarbonising heavy industry, in particular, requires innovation and mechanisms to de-risk future investment. To address these critical challenges, the Government will collaborate with businesses and research institutions to support development of new technology and demonstration at scale.  We will also facilitate the move to net zero emissions for existing industries through the adoption of alternative energy sources and energy- efficient processes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the State’s economy with the full extent of the impact yet to be realised. By combining the objective of job creation with emissions reduction, we can leverage our State’s natural competitive advantages, maximise the value of our investments, and accelerate the shift to low emissions technologies and cleaner production.

For more information on relevant actions refer to these policy themes

  • Clean manufacturing and future industries 
  • Transforming energy generation and use
  • Storing carbon and caring for our landscapes 
  • Lower-carbon transport
     
Page reviewed 30 November 2020