Large emitters and the community

The Large Emitters Policy applies to development projects that require an environmental authorisation to be granted under Northern Territory environmental legislation. This includes the Environment Protection Act 2019 and the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

The intent of the Large Emitters Policy is to ensure the greenhouse gas emissions produced by new and expanding development actions that are likely to exceed specified emissions thresholds are appropriately managed. This means they will be required to avoid, mitigate and manage their emissions in accordance with the Northern Territory (NT) Government’s expectations and in context of the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Large Emitters Policy is not intended to deliver the net zero emissions target alone. It is an important early step in the Territory’s transition to a low carbon economy that targets those projects that are still in development and therefore have the greatest opportunity to be designed, and approved, in a manner that limits their emissions.

The Policy is one of a number of actions related to the management of emissions being undertaken by the NT Government as part of its response to climate change. It forms part of a suite of policy and regulatory initiatives designed to support the NT Government’s commitments to decarbonise the Territory’s economy and achieve the Territory’s net zero emissions target, which include:

  • the Northern Territory’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offsets Policy and Technical Guidelines
  • an Emissions Reduction Strategy for the Territory.

The Policy requires public reporting on implementation of a GGAP and progress against emissions targets, providing public transparency of a project’s commitments. Compliance will be in accordance with existing regulatory tools and compliance policies.

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Last updated: 01 September 2021

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