Greenhouse Gas Assessment for the Gold Coast Quarry

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Gold Coast Quarry GHG assessment

Boral Resources proposed a $160 million quarry development, which was declared a State Coordinated Project and required to undergo the Coordinator General’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. While with Katestone, Scott led the greenhouse gas (GHG) and climate risk assessments for the EIS. The quarry was controversial due to concern over environmental and amenity impacts. However, it did have the potential to reduce GHG emissions by providing quarry products closer to Gold Coast construction activities. The assessment investigated the relative emissions of GHGs for the proposed quarry site compared with possible alternative sources of quarry materials, supplying areas around Reedy Creek, Mudgeeraba and Palm Beach. It demonstrated that proposed quarry could avoid between 2,067 and 12,918 tonnes per year of CO2-e, which amounted to between 82,000 tonnes and 517,000 tonnes CO2-e over 40 years when compared with alternative sources. The Co-ordinator General approved the project with conditions, though it has been disputed by Council.

Boral published the assessment here.