Woodside has set new interim and long-term targets to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 at Pluto LNG.
The targets, which have been approved by the Western Australian Environment Minister under Woodside’s contemporised Pluto Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program (GGAP), include an interim target to abate 30 per cent of emissions by 2030 and long-term targets to abate 100 per cent of emissions by 2050.
The targets are based on the proposed expansion of Pluto LNG and account for emissions associated with a two-train facility.
Woodside will integrate a number of measures to reduce GHG emissions at Pluto LNG by adopting technology considered to be best practice for LNG developments in Australia, implementing operational improvements and offsetting all reservoir carbon dioxide.
Woodside Acting CEO, Meg O’Neill, said Woodside shared the State Government’s aspiration to reduce and offset carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.
“We are pleased to have agreed on these new contemporary greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the State for Pluto LNG. The targets, which are based on the proposed expansion of the facility to enable the processing of gas from the offshore Scarborough field, demonstrate how we have applied our corporate decarbonisation targets at Pluto LNG,” she said.
“These efforts are complemented by our investment in generating high-quality offsets and potential opportunities in renewable power and hydrogen.”
Woodside is currently investigating the supply of approximately 50 megawatts of solar energy to Pluto LNG from its proposed Woodside Power Project, which would result in a direct reduction in Scope 1 GHG emissions from Pluto LNG.
The Pluto Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program is a condition of Ministerial Statement 757, the primary State environmental approval granted for Pluto LNG in 2007.
Woodside is the Operator of Pluto LNG on behalf of the Pluto Joint Venture participants Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd (90 per cent), Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd (5 per cent) and Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd (5 per cent).