Burrup Hub greenhouse gas emissions

We are committed to being part of the solution as the world transitions to a lower-carbon economy.

The Burrup Hub projects will deliver a cleaner energy source to meet growing energy demand.

Woodside supports and shares the aspiration for net-zero emissions by 2050, implicit in the Paris Agreement.

Achieving this is a global challenge - providing safe, clean, affordable and reliable energy while reducing emissions.

Scientists from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have shown that substituting gas for higher-emissions fuels is helping avoid emissions. The IEA models a Sustainable Development Scenario that achieves the less-than-two-degrees objective of the Paris Agreement. In this scenario, gas use for electricity generation doubles in the Burrup Hub's customer nations.

The IEA's modelling shows the offshore gas fields we are proposing to develop have a significant role to play in a lower-carbon world.

44 %
less carbon dioxide produced by gas, versus coal.¹
¹ U.S. Energy Administration Administratioestimates.

How much will the Burrup Hub emit?

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the Burrup Hub facilities include:

  • Scope 1 - direct emissions from the production of LNG and other hydrocarbon products (e.g. condensate).
  • Scope 2 - indirect emissions from the consumption of electricity.
  • Scope 3 - indirect emissions from activities like transport and end-customer use of products.

Greenhouse gas estimations for each Burrup Hub project are available in the relevant environmental assessment documentation.

As part of Commonwealth and Western Australian state assessments, we will have a limit on Burrup Hub emissions set by regulators, and we will be required to operate within that limit.

Forecast Scope 1 and 2 emissions from current and future Burrup Hub assets1 are estimated to be 15.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) CO2-e, increasing from the current 9.6 MTPA for the NWS Project and Pluto LNG. This increase is driven by:

  • The approved second train onshore at Pluto LNG; and
  • New sources of offshore emissions at Browse and Scarborough.


1Scope 1 and 2 total emissions are based on the average annual emissions from proposed new Browse and Scarborough offshore facilities and the maximum approved onshore emissions associated with Pluto and KGP operating as tolling facilities. Existing emissions from NWS offshore assets will decline over time and are therefore not estimated in the future state. Emissions from other resource operators supplying hydrocarbon feed to the onshore tolling facilities are not included as they will be subject to their own approval processes.

Burrup GHG current scope 1 2
Future Burrup 1 2 emissions

Scope 3 emissions will increase by 16 MTPA, again due to the approved second train onshore at Pluto LNG:

  • Approximately 65% of Scope 3 emissions associated with Burrup Hub LNG exports are described in the NWS Extension approval currently under public environmental assessment. The NWS will not increase its annual emissions - the proposal is simply to operate for longer.
  • The remaining 35% of Scope 3 emissions from Burrup Hub LNG exports were described in the Public Environmental Review/Report for the Pluto LNG Development State and Commonwealth approvals during 2006-08.
Scope 3
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Managing Burrup Hub emissions

start to offset all equity share CO2 reservoir emissions
5 %
energy efficiency target 2021-25