The NSW Government has revealed it will stop conducting merit assessments of the carbon footprint of new major developments, including coal mines despite aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. What’s the scam?
Scam is there will be less visibility. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030 Implementation Update showed the NSW government will no longer conduct merit assessments of the carbon footprint for new major developments, inducing coal mines because it is “on track” to hit its commitment of a 50% emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.
“NSW Government policy is that the NSW Government’s objective set out in this Plan, to reduce emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, is not to be considered in the assessment or determination of development and infrastructure applications under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979”
Callum Foote is a journalist and Revolving Doors editor for Michael West Media. He has studied the impact of undue corporate influence over Australian policy decisions and the impact this has on popular interests.