Why it matters


Public Consultation on the draft Climate Change Policy and draft Action Plan 2022-2025

The EPA is taking action to protect the environment and community from the impacts of climate change, and will work with industry, experts and the community as part of its new draft Climate Change Policy and draft Climate Change Action Plan: 2022-2025, which are now open for public comment.

Tell us what you think

We are seeking your feedback on the draft Climate Change Policy and Action Plan 2022- 2025. Have a read and tell us what you think.

The Action Plan includes a range of new and continuing actions to:

  • Inform and plan – such as requiring government and industry reporting, licensee management plans to develop best practice guidelines and tools to improve the evidence base, and support regulated industries to take proactive action to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change risks
  • Mitigate – including setting emission reduction targets, best-practice guidelines and emission limits to support regulated industries where required to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time
  • Adapt – such as implementing resilience programs, adaptation guidance, and harnessing citizen science to ensure the EPA, regulated industries and the community are more prepared for and resilient to climate change risks.

The climate change policy landscape is complex and evolving and many of the 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.

The EPA’s staged approach is to:

  • Listen and gather information – to understand the proactive work of industry leaders, evolving policies and global best practice
  • Set targets and provide guidance – based on industry and expert feedback, alignment with other jurisdictions and the EPA’s own analysis
  • Enable and require – industry prepare climate change mitigation and adaptation plans based on evidence and best practice
  • Require improved performance – progressively placing other requirements on licences.
Listen and gather information – to understand the proactive work of industry leaders, evolving policies and global best practice  Set targets and provide guidance – based on industry and expert feedback, alignment with other jurisdictions and the EPA’s ow

Note: CCMAPs = Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans; PRPs = Pollution Reduction Program

Have your say

Public consultation on the EPA’s draft Climate Change Policy and draft Climate Change Action Plan is now open.
Provide your feedback by completing the survey by 5pm Thursday, 3 November. The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete. You are not required to answer every question.

We are consulting for eight weeks to give you time to consider and respond to the draft policy and action plan. We will be finalising our policy and action plan by the end of 2022. To meet this commitment, we are not able to provide extensions to the consultation timeframe. This will ensure we have time to properly consider your feedback.

If you would prefer to provide feedback by email, send your submission to climatechange.review@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Information webinars
We will be holding information webinars to provide an outline of the draft policy and action plan and answer your questions. Please register for a webinar at a time that suits you via the links below.

We will be holding an information session to engage with Aboriginal people, groups and organisations on Wednesday 21 September, from 11am to 12pm. To register for this online session, please email climatechange.review@epa.nsw.gov.au.


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Please note, your feedback on Climate Change Policy and Action Plan may include ‘personal information,' including your name, address, email, internet protocol address and any other personal information contained in your feedback.

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The EPA may publish all or part of your feedback on its website, on its online consultation platform or in a consultation report. In providing us with your feedback, you consent to the EPA publishing all or part of your submission. If you would like all or part of your feedback to be withheld from publication, please let us know when making your feedback.

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