Reforming the Safeguard Mechanism

Government has announced that it will review the operation of the Safeguard Mechanism with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s highest emitting facilities. Comments on the discussion paper are due by 20 September 2022, with key issues in the discussion paper being calculation of baselines, the use of crediting mechanisms. Read more

The Third Wheel Podcast Series: ESG in Australia Episode 17

By Timothy Stutt, Melanie Debenham and Kathryn Pacey Episode 17 – Australian Federal Election results with Kathryn Pacey Mel and Tim are joined by Kathryn Pacey to break down an historic election where climate change featured prominently. The first six weeks of a new government have provided much to discuss including the Climate Change Bill to … Read more

New Government, new Minister, new Federal environmental laws?

Going into the recent Federal election, the Australian Labor Party committed to establishing an independent Environment Protection Agency and providing a full response to the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). With the new Ministry now sworn in, we look at what changes these commitments might bring. Read more

The election and the environment: what happens next?

The recent Australian Federal election has resulted in a change of government. While the government is settling in, our Environment, Planning and Communities partners set out their top 5 predictions for coming change on environmental matters, and where the priorities should lie. Read more

Federal Minister for the Environment does not owe duty of care

The Full Federal Court handed down its much-anticipated judgment in Sharma today. A summary of the judgment of the Full Federal Court allowing the appeal is set out below, with the full judgment available here. The Minister for the environment does not owe a novel duty of care at common law when exercising her power … Read more

New environmental legislation operative in NSW

Directors and related bodies corporate that benefit from environmental offences committed by a corporation are subject to new liabilities and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) now has stronger enforcement powers. Due to the changes, environmental compliance and risk management practices should be reviewed and updated as required to minimise risks for corporations, their directors … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 5

By Timothy Stutt and Melanie Debenham Episode 5 – The future is now! Renewable energy in Australia with Dr Cameron Kelly, Australian Renewable Energy Agency In this episode, Tim and Mel are joined by expert third wheel guest, Dr Cameron Kelly, head of the Legal, Governance and Secretariat team at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. … Read more

Environmental Offsets Metric – quantifying offsets

DWER recently published the WA Environmental Offsets Calculator and associated guidelines (Environment Offsets Metric: Quantifying Environmental Offsets in Western Australia), creating WA’s new environmental offsets metric. We provide an overview of the key points to note about the offsets metric. Read more