Submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on the Climate Change in Western Australia - Issues Paper

Kenneth Baldwin, Emma Aisbett, Lee White, Tony Dreise, Janet Hunt, Lily O'Neill, Kathryn Thorburn, Brad Riley, Xuemei Bai, Yuan Peng, Fiona Beck, Mahesh Brahmadesham Venkataraman, Andrew Blakers, Matt Stocks, Bin Lu, Tory Bridges, Robin Purchase, Paul Burke, Zeba Anjum

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Abstract

This submission to the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation focuses on four areas raised in the WA Climate Change strategy: Transforming Energy Generation, Future Mobility, Regional Prosperity, and Liveable Towns and Cities. Our key recommendations are: �] Consider policy mechanisms to maximize benefits to Indigenous communities upon whose lands many new renewable generation projects will likely be constructed, and require meaningful engagement with these communities by developers �] Conduct review of regulations that may unnecessarily hamper distributed generation installation �] Pursue an electricity grid underpinned by a large share of renewable generation, as this is technologically feasible and economically attractive �] Pursue low�]cost regulations to make home charging of electric vehicles more accessible for renters and apartment dwellers �] Consider the role of the mining industry in the low�]carbon transition, especially opportunities for low�]emissions ore refining within Australia �] Consider the potential for Western Australia to play a growing role as a major supplier of key materials for a renewables�]dominated global energy system, including metal ores, lithium and rare earths �] Consider the opportunities within Western Australia for clean hydrogen production from renewable generation, and building a hydrogen export industry
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyAustralian National University
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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