The NSW Legislative Council this week introduced the Climate Change Bill 2015 (NSW). The Bill seeks to establish climate change management through mitigation and adaption measures, as well as introduce state greenhouse gas emission reductive targets and subsequent monitoring of climate change impacts across the state.
The Bill requires the Minister to produce a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Plan every four years from mid-2016. The Plan is expected to establish the State’s carbon budget (the maximum amount of net greenhouse gas emissions permissible pursuant to the Plan). The Bill also requires the Minister to produce a Climate Change Adaption Plan every four years from mid-2017. This Plan will outline the adaptive management strategies available to the State in addressing issues of climate change. Annual Climate Change Progress Reports are also expected from the Minister assessing yearly greenhouse gas emission outputs. The Bill also establishes the NSW Climate Change Commission which is required to present periodical recommendations and reporting on climate change, including mitigation strategies.
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