Desalination plant to be built in Alkimos as WA government announces plans to slash emissions by 80 per cent

The WA government has pledged to slash its emissions by 80 per cent by 2030, while announcing details for the state’s third desalination plant.

The target, which will be based on 2020 levels, applies to emissions from all government agencies across the state, including transport, health and education, as well as those generated by government trading enterprises. 

Speaking at the announcement of a new desalination plant, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the government would be investing $3.8 billion over the next decade in renewable energy. 

“That will be both public and private to ensure that we can phase out of coal and head towards stored renewable energy, whether that’s batteries, or pumped hydro or wind or solar,” he said. 

When asked why 2020 was chosen as the baseline measure, instead of an earlier date like other states have done, the WA Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Reece Whitby, said Western Australia’s emissions had fallen since then. 

Reece Whitby stands in front of a row of information boards at the new national park.
Reece Whitby says the bar has been set higher than other states. (ABC Great Southern: Mark Bennett)

“We’ve actually in fact set a harder, higher hurdle for ourselves as a government by (committing to) an 80 per cent reduction of 2020 [levels],” Mr Whitby said. 

The government says the move provides a clear message that Western Australia is open for investment in renewable energy.

New desalination plant to be built in Alkimos

Mr McGowan also laid out details for the state’s third seawater desalination plant, which is set to be built on land owned by the Water Corporation in Alkimos, a coastal area in Perth’s northern suburbs. 

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