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Decarbonising the

Kwinana Industrial Area

The major companies who make up the membership of the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) have embarked on a bold carbon reduction plan for the Kwinana Industrial Area.

Decarbonisation

In 2020, the KIC, with the support of its members, launched an important project to reduce carbon emissions from industry in a coordinated and collective way.

Believed to be the first project of its kind, the Carbon Reduction Project brought a diverse group of of KIC members together to develop, plan and apply a process and strategy for the reduction of carbon.

The purpose of the project is to move the KIA to a net zero carbon emissions profile through coordinated carbon reduction initiatives implemented by the members of Kwinana Industries Council.

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While the world’s journey to Net Zero Carbon by 2050 requires everyone to take action, it is recognised by KIC’s members that reducing carbon is challenging for a heavy industrial area like the KIA and collective action is required.

As a collective, industry can leverage each other’s knowledge and expertise, allow ideas to be developed and shared, encourage the take up and implementation of changes faster and more efficiently, and reduce duplication of effort.

Key considerations relating to the KIC carbon reduction project have been:

  • KIC members have independently made their own carbon reduction and sustainability commitments.
  • Much work has already been done by many KIC members to reduce their individual GHG emission profiles, and it is acknowledged there remains more work to be done. 
  • The technical merits of implementation of carbon sequestration techniques, carbon harvesting and offsetting all need to be considered, as is the introduction of green energy technologies including wind and geothermal power, and remotely generated solar power.
  • The exploration and introduction of new technologies and new ways of working are essential on the carbon reduction journey.
  • Reduction strategies will not need to be confined to the actual footprint of any individual KIC member organisation, or even within the KIA. Individual members may choose to act independently to implement some strategies beyond the confines of their site, or even the industrial area itself, and collectively on other strategies to achieve reduction targets.
  • The competitive advantage of the industrial area comes from its original co-location of industry together allowing uniquely efficient cross-boundary material flows and synergies to occur. This interactive collective reliance between neighbouring industries is internationally recognised. The quality of working relationships and trust between member industries developed over decades enables a collective approach by resident companies co-located in a complex industrial estate to work together. 
  • The collectively reported greenhouse gas equivalents of KIC members’ Scope 1 (as at 2023) is around 7.2 million tonnes per annum, with around another one million tonnes for Scope 2 emissions.

The KIC project has three phases:

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Gathering data from publicly available information and formulating the inventory – completed.

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Identification of potential broad-based and practical mitigation projects – in process.

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Implementation by KIC members, individually and/or collectively of projects they may decide to initiate.

The KIC’s work will not replace the climate policy work or commitments of its individual members. Rather it seeks to leverage each member’s effort in support of others seeking to achieve the same and support each other’s success and pace of reducing carbon emissions.

Contact Us

PO Box 649
Kwinana WA 6966

Tel: (08) 9419 1855

Email: admin@kic.org.au

Contact Us

PO Box 649
Kwinana WA 6966

Tel: (08) 9419 1855

Email: admin@kic.org.au

Acknowledgement of Country

Kwinana Industries Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country, the Nyoongar people and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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