NSW EPA Climate Change Policy and Action Plan released – what you need to know

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has published its Climate Change Policy and Action Plan 2023-2026 (Plan). Over the next 12-24 months, under the Plan, the EPA will introduce a number of new requirements for industry participants to take action in response to climate change. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans, industry-wide emission-reduction targets and emission limits on environment protection licences (EPL) are some of the proposed actions. Read more

Reforms proposed to Safeguard Mechanism framework released

Snapshot On 10 January 2023 the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) released a position paper for consultation detailing proposed reforms to the Safeguard Mechanism. The reforms are directed at achieving Australia’s emissions reductions target of 43% below 2005 levels by 2030 and commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and … Read more

Independent Review of Australian Carbon Credit Units Released

The panel appointed by the Australian Government to review the integrity of the Australian Carbon Credit Unit Scheme under the Emissions Reductions Fund has delivered its report. The panel rejected claims about the integrity of ACCUs and concluded the framework of the scheme is “essentially sound” but included 16 recommendations for significant changes be made … Read more

COP15: Nations adopt landmark Global Biodiversity Framework

The parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity have adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (Framework), which will guide the next decade of global action on biodiversity. The Framework contains some key targets that will impact on government policy, reporting mechanisms and land use practices, which is designed to ensure that biodiversity becomes a consideration in government, corporate and land based decision making. Read more

Public Consultation open for GO Scheme for hydrogen and renewable energy certification

The Australian government is consulting with stakeholders on two policy papers drafted for a proposed Guarantee of Origin (GO) Scheme for hydrogen and renewable electricity certification. Consultation on the policy papers closes on 3 February 2023. Snapshot The Guarantee of Origin (GO) Scheme is proposed to measure, track and verify greenhouse gas emissions, initially for … Read more

Queensland Government signals significant changes to heritage legislation

The Queensland Government has adopted all 22 recommendations of the Queensland Heritage Advisory Panel’s report into heritage places. The recommendations include significant changes to the powers under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (Qld), including the introduction of interim protections for heritage places subject to listing applications and broadening the powers regarding the essential repair and maintenance of heritage places. Read more

New approach to fast-track green energy approvals

On 6 December 2022, the Western Australian State Government announced a new approach to fast-track green energy approvals, intended to ‘slash approval timeframes’ for green energy projects. Snapshot A new dedicated cross-government Green Energy Assessment Unit will be established by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. A Green Energy Panel comprising Government and industry … Read more

COP15: Will the biodiversity conference meet nature positive ambitions?

Next month Montreal in Canada will host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15). Despite attracting less headlines than its climate change COP-counterparts, COP15 has particular significance as the parties seek to settle a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This framework will guide the next decade of action on biodiversity. Read more