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As with other air quality management requirements, the State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management) requires that generators of greenhouse gas emissions:
Detailed requirements are outlined under the Protocol for environmental management (Greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in industry (publication 824) and include:
The Climate Change Act 2017 (CC Act) came into effect on 1 November 2017. It is available at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents site.
The CC Act:
Under the requirements of section 17 of the CC Act, EPA must consider climate change in works approval and licensing decisions, as well as when recommending new or amended state environment protection policies and waste management policies.
The duty does not alter EPA’s existing powers and obligations as set out in the Environment Protection Act. Rather, it requires the consideration of additional matters when making the decisions identified in Schedule 1 of the CC Act.
When making decisions relating to works approvals and licences (identified in Schedule 1 of the CC Act), EPA must consider climate change in the following three ways in accordance with the requirements of section 17(2) of the CC Act, and subsequently sections 17(3), 17(4) and 18. These requirements are described further in our interim guidance on the consideration of climate change within the works approval process, which includes links to the relevant climate change projections for Victoria and information that applicants need to provide within their works approval applications.
The CC Act allows the Minister to issue guidelines for a person making a decision or taking an action, (that is the EPA decision-maker) to the scope and application of the factors that the person is required to consider when making a decision or taking that action. It is noted that no such guidelines have been prepared to date.
Page last updated on 23 Mar 2018