Thursday, June 20, 2024

NSW government legislates emission reduction targets

The NSW government introduced its Climate Change Bill last week.

The Climate Change (Net Zero Future) Bill 2023 commits NSW to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.

The NSW government will also establish an independent Net Zero Commission, promoted as a “strong, independent, expert body to monitor the state’s progress to net zero”. It will report annually to ensure parliamentary transparency and accountability.

Further to this, the NSW government is creating a new stand-alone Department for Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water.

“The people of NSW expect their government to act on climate change and power bills,” says NSW Premier Chris Minns.

“That’s why we’re delivering on our election promises to legislate emissions reduction targets and set up the independent Net Zero Commission.

“Enshrining targets in law shows the NSW Labor government is serious about reaping the benefits of driving down emissions and moving to more affordable, renewable energy.

“NSW is driving down emissions while putting downward pressure on power bills.”

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