Viva Energy accused of ‘climate accounting trick’ as Geelong gas terminal emissions significantly underreported

Environment Victoria have found a massive discrepancy with the carbon emissions that Viva claim in their EES that the project will generate. AGL’s failed gas import terminal proposal’s emissions were 9x larger, because they followed the internationally recognised standard for accounting for carbon emissions. Viva is instead doing some ‘creative counting’ to arrive at their lower figure by excluding the emissions of transporting the gas to Geelong.

Based on Viva Energy’s own data in an appendix of the EES, if fuel transport emissions are included, then the project’s total emissions would be between 4 and 12 times higher than the currently reported figures, depending on the gas source.

You can read the full press release and briefing paper on the Environment Victoria website