The climate change policy landscape is complex and evolving and many of the NSW EPA’s licensees are already forging ahead of mandated requirements. It is important that the EPA step into the regulatory space in a way that is deliberate, systematic, well informed and properly paced. The EPA’s climate change actions will be staged, progressive and iterative – allowing time for licensees to adjust and for data to inform what actions must be taken and where.
This draft policy is how the NSW EPA proposes to build on the strong foundations set by the NSW Government. The EPA knows the role it must play to support the ambition of a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels) and net zero emissions by 2050. Equally, driving reductions will not be possible without providing NSW industry and communities the pathway to be more resilient to our changing climate.