Large emitters in the petroleum (onshore gas) industry

The Large Emitters Policy applies to development projects that require an environmental authorisation to be granted under Territory environmental legislation. This could include onshore petroleum activities requiring approval under the Environment Protection Act 2019 or the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

The emissions threshold (100 000 tonnes CO~2~-e) will be applied to all of an interest holder’s onshore petroleum activities in a given year, ensuring that cumulative impacts can be assessed and managed, as required by the Environment Protection Act 2019 and Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

The Large Emitters Policy applies to all onshore petroleum activities, from exploration and appraisal to production and decommissioning.

If a project is captured under the Large Emitters Policy a proponent should submit a GGAP for assessment as part of the project’s usual Environment Management Plan assessment process. This will help facilitate a streamlined assessment process. The GGAP will be considered by the responsible Minister.

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Last updated: 01 September 2021

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