The energy transition presents an opportunity to engage with environmental concerns, community consultation processes, and First Nations cultural heritage protection in a different way than has been the historical experience in respect to the fossil fuel industry and other mining developments. Laws can, and should, be designed to deliver outcomes for climate, nature and communities. The social licence for the energy transition is critical, and the governments at all levels must ensure that environmental approval processes which deal with new renewable projects are robust, transparent, and that communities can have confidence that decisions will be made in the public interest.