CMEWA Inc - Environment


Within the Environment Portfolio CME is focused on the following strategies to deliver the industry’s vision:

  • Natural Resources 
    – The industry contributes to biodiversity knowledge, conservation and rehabilitation
    – Effective management of environmental impact
  • Infrastructure and Planning
    – Legislation is enacted which formalises risk management principles
    – Government processes are streamlined, transparent and simplified, reducing regulatory burden
  • Innovation
    – State policy settings are consistent with broader agreed international and national settings
    – Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from development of low emission technology

    – Development of adaptive responses to climate change
  • Communities
    – Community engagement informs decision making on industry-wide issues.

Projects & Issues

  • Biodiversity and conservation planning
  • Streamlining of State and Federal environmental approvals process
  • Mine Rehabilitation Fund Bill 2012 and regulations (mining securities)
  • Mine closure and rehabilitation
  • Environmental offset policy
  • Sustainable development principles
  • Carbon policy, climate change and energy efficiency


The Environment Committee is tasked with leading policy development on environmental issues impacting the resources sector.

The Environment Committee is chaired by Mr Colin Williams of Cliffs Natural Resources.

The Environment Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:

  • Department of Mines and Petroleum’s Reforming Environmental Regulations Ministerial Advisory Panel and related working groups on compliance, governance, approvals, and petroleum.
  • EPA Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Great Western Woodlands Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Mining Securities Industry Liaison Committee

CME also provides secretariat support to the NGO Industry Environmental Forum (NIEF) and the Carbon Policy and Energy Efficiency Reference Group (CPEERG). These groups report through the Environment Committee

NGO Industry Environment Forum (NIEF).

NIEF’s aim is to provide a forum to identify strategic environmental issues related to the resources sector with a view to achieving mutually agreed tangible outcomes.

In doing so, the group will:

  1. Identify areas of common ground and seek opportunities for collaboration;
  2. Agree on a process and define a plan to explore issues to achieve the desired outcomes;
  3. Where the issues are non strategic, provide an opportunity for parties to consult the key contact person(s) to deal with that particular issue;
  4. Foster an environment for respectful discussion regarding contentious issues;
  5. Provide a forum to identify issues that cannot be resolved at that point in time for and list these issues for members’ information; and
  6. Act as communication conduit for members and their representative groups.

NIEF Co-Chairs:

  • Piers Verstegen Director Conservation Council of Western Australia
  • Gavin Price Manager

Environment & Sustainable Development BHP Billiton Iron Ore

NIEF Projects and Issues:

  • Biodiversity and conservation planning
  • Environmental regulatory reform
  • Rangelands ReformMine closure and rehabilitation

The Carbon Policy and Energy Efficiency Reference Group (CPEERG)

CPEERG was established in November 2012 following the commencement of the Clean Energy Act 2011 to be the primary CME forum for climate and carbon policy matters, and to promote member awareness of carbon and climate change mitigation and adaptation policy and initiatives.

CPEERG consolidates and replaces CME’s former Climate Change Reference Group and Carbon Pricing Working Group.

The reference group will:

  • Input into CME policy development and advocacy on Federal and State carbon and climate change policies and legislation;
  • Provide a forum through which representatives of government departments and regulators and carbon policy and energy efficiency experts can inform and discuss relevant issues with CME members;
  • Promote the WA resource sector’s leading role in carbon and climate change mitigation and adaptation innovation and best practice.
  • Provide a forum for CME members to identify, discuss, and share knowledge of: 
    -  Carbon mitigation and adaptation strategies, initiatives, and opportunities.
    -  Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, initiatives, and opportunities.





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