Greens MLC Robin Chapple said Woodside topped the list of the state’s worst greenhouse gas emitters pushing out more than 12 M tonnes a year from its Burrup development, the equivalent of the annual combined carbon emissions of around 4 million cars.
Next on the list was Verve Energy producing 7.9Mt followed by Alcoa on 4.3Mt and BHP (Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd) on 3.7Mt.
Together the state’s top four carbon polluters were producing in excess of 27M tonnes of C02 a year. Mr Chapple said new developments already in the pipeline, including Woodside’s Browse basin LNG, were expected to more than double the state’s current emissions within a decade.
“When we should be constraining the growth of carbon emissions and making clear plans for a clean economy we are instead charging headlong into a dirty future with the doubling of our emissions,” Mr Chapple said.
“We have a moral obligation to help solve global warming by limiting emissions but our government is paying lip service to this obligation.
“The Government has no plan to curb emissions or rein in big polluters and it doesn’t even consider emissions when granting approvals to industry.
“The Greens hope that by making public the extent of the pollution generated by some of our major companies they will act more like good corporate citizens and ensure they cut their own carbon emissions.
“Naming and shaming companies will give shareholders valuable information about the state of a company and its environmental credentials.”
Mr Chapple said the Greens would publish a list of the worst polluters online and would make sure that when companies did the right thing and cut back their emissions they were acknowledged for their efforts.
GHG Estimates WA 2012 Final.pdf
Carbon Emissions Inventory Major Resource Projects – AGEIS 2012 data.pdf