We do not support this Bill.

The Bill is a retrograde step that will undermine the ability of decision-makers to properly assess and regulate the climate impacts of fossil fuel projects on the environment and local communities in NSW. Further, as drafted, the Bill is overreaching and ambiguous and will have significant implications for planning decisions and the protection of the environment in NSW. The Bill fails to provide certainty to NSW communities already suffering from the impacts of climate change, and leaves both industry and communities vulnerable to a chaotic and unplanned transition away from fossil fuels consumption and use.

The EDO will continue to advocate for comprehensive reform of planning laws to effectively address climate change (see our climate change law reform reports).