Large Emitters and agriculture, horticulture and pastoralism

The Large Emitters Policy applies to development projects that require an environmental authorisation to be granted under Territory environmental legislation. This could include land clearing activities if they require approval under the Environment Protection Act 2019.

Land clearing has the potential to cause carbon that is stored in vegetation and soils to be released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global greenhouse gas emissions impacting climate change. The clearing of vegetation also removes a process of natural sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere.

The Large Emitters Policy requires estimates of emissions from the clearing of vegetation. The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security will provide online mapping tools to enable proponents to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from clearing proposals.

If a land clearing project is likely to exceed the thresholds of the Large Emitters Policy a proponent should submit a GGAP for assessment as part of the project’s usual assessment process. The clearing methodology, subsequent land use, and management of fire regimes are all potential measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For land clearing projects where a proponent can not demonstrate net zero emissions by 2050, the Large Emitters Policy provides the flexibility to set an overarching emissions reduction target that contributes to the NT achieving its target of net zero emissions by 2050.

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Last updated: 01 September 2021

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