The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation, providing a legal framework to protect and manage ‘matters of national environmental significance’. The legislation covers environmental assessment and approval processes for new developments in Australia, including major energy projects. The second independent review of the EPBC Act commenced in October 2019, which included a discussion regarding the inclusion of a climate trigger within the scope of the legislation. In February 2020, the EPBC Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020 was introduced to the Senate, which proposed penalties for emissions-intensive actions.
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies; GHG Emission Regulation
Active: Open to reform. Opportunity to positively influence progression of Bill.
There has been no change to the scope of the original EPBC Act to date. The recommendations of the Final Report of the Review, released in October 2020, did not support proposals to broaden the scope of ‘environmental matters’ under the EPBC Act to include climate change, in order to avoid duplication and the “muddling of responsibilities.” However, the Final Report found merit in mandating proposals assessed under the EPBC Act to “transparently disclose the full emissions profile of the development”. The reporting deadline for the EPBC Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020, which aims to broaden the scope of the original bill, is October 2021.
*The Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee was granted an extension of time to report until 20 October 2021.
The table below lists the entities tracked by InfluenceMap which have publicly engaged with the policy. InfluenceMap tracks around 300 companies and 150 industry associations globally. Each entity links back to the entities’ full InfluenceMap profile, where the evidence of its engagement can be found.
|Influencemap Performance Band||Organization||Engagement Intensity|
|D||Rio Tinto Group||38||Metals & Mining||Europe|
|D||Anglo American||18||Metals & Mining||Europe|
|C-||Business Council of Australia||48||All Sectors||Oceania|
|E+||Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)||39||Energy||Oceania|
|E+||Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)||46||Metals & Mining||Oceania|
|E||Queensland Resources Council (QRC)||20||Metals & Mining||Oceania|
|E-||NSW Minerals Council||26||Metals & Mining||Oceania|