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TGG’s Submission: NSW Climate Change Strategy

TGG’s SUBMISSION: DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGIC PLAN AND A DRAFT PLAN TO SAVE NSW ENERGY AND MONEY

Follow this link to access the details of the draft strategy: https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/Environmental-Future-Consultation-CCF-Strategic-Plan

  1. Accelerating Advanced Energy

 

Please provide any comments on specific potential actions below:

Sections and potential actions Questions Responses
2.1 Maximise investment under the national Renewable Energy Target

·         investigate a competitive ‘contracts for difference’ funding model to guarantee a minimum price for output from up to 250 MW of new large scale renewable energy, providing benefits to local communities

·         build on the New South Wales 50 MW solar power purchase agreement to expand PPAs to cover all of the renewable energy procurement commitment under the Government Resource Efficiency Policy

·         support initiatives to make it easier for businesses, institutions and local government to buy electricity from renewable energy projects in New South Wales, such as WWF’s ‘Renewable Energy Buyers Forum’

·         work with the COAG Energy Council to investigate minimum emissions performance standards for new power stations and the role of government in securing an orderly exit of the existing power station fleet

·         advocate for stability and certainty in Commonwealth Government renewable energy policy

·         sponsor energy market reforms to improve network connection processes.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? The Goulburn Group (TGG) is concerned that many of the actions use language such as “investigate”, “support”, “advocate for” etc. TGG would like to see clearer mandated action to stimulate investment confidence:

§  Set a clear renewable energy target that is bold & robust with a clear roadmap. 2050 is too far off. Unless most of the work to reduce emissions is done in the next 10 years it is a pointless metric and does not deliver investment certainty.

§  A staged transition plan from coal/gas fired power and respective mining operations to clean energy should be part of the strategy. TGG wants a stronger integrated plan that includes departmental actions from Trade and Investment, Water, Planning, Resources and Energy.

§  A clear commitment to wind power as the best chance of building large scale clean energy capacity in the shorter term & achieve positive regional development outcomes in jobs and business growth. Currently the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan has a target of 8GW of wind and has only achieved 2 GW.

§  Regional economies are stimulated by large scale renewable energy projects.

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  There is no commitment at the national level regarding the LRET beyond 2020. This is undermining investment certainty. NSW should not tie its targets to the Commonwealth but establish its own state – based LRET and emission reduction targets.

§  Energy market reforms are urgent needed to enable greater flexibility & take up of clean energy.

§  For community owned energy to become a serious part of the energy market, seed funding is recommended to meet development costs of larger grid connected projects such as the 1.2 MWp Goulburn Community Solar Farm.

§  Community energy feasibility grants should have administrative/coordination funding during feasibility investigations. Volunteer burnout is a real issue for complex projects.

 

Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.2 Attract investment in advanced energy demonstration projects

·         support research and demonstration projects for emerging advanced energy technologies that could provide flexible electricity generation

·         support research and demonstration projects for renewable alternatives to natural gas and transport fuels in industrial applications, including concentrated solar thermal, biomass, electrification and hydrogen.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? Don’t duplicate ARENA model. They are already funding national projects in innovation and research. If the aim is to bring down emissions, lead on energy efficiency and future proof our communities then we have enough technologies to do this. We need implementation not more consultants reports & research.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging? Provide funding support to actual advanced energy projects in regional centres like Goulburn eg Solar Farms, Pyrolysis, Tri generation, Wind farms.
2.3 Provide start-up funding to accelerate innovation in advanced energy

·         work with established business incubators to provide dedicated programs for entrepreneurs and start-ups developing, demonstrating and deploying clean energy and supporting technologies and services

·         sponsor energy innovation events to facilitate collaboration among universities, industry, government and investors

·         develop tools to share information, connect collaborators and promote energy innovation in New South Wales

·         monitor the development of technologies, community attitudes, price signals and share information to encourage investment and support market growth.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? There are many accepted technologies that will reduce emissions & create efficiency fast. Implement. Don’t waste money on more and more consultants and research. Climate Change is urgent. Regional NSW communities have clean energy resources and need the economic stimulus.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? Too much emphasis on information sharing and advice and not enough on real on ground projects.
Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging? Tri generation, pyrolysis, community ownership in large scale renewable energy.

 

Stronger legislative certainty needed to encourage investment.

2.4 Put the New South Wales vehicle fleet on the path to doubling energy productivity

·         advocate for higher national fuel efficiency standards

·         investigate appropriate incentives to encourage the purchase of fuel efficient light vehicles and to retire inefficient vehicles, including through stamp duty and registration charges

·         provide the right ‘real-world’ information so that businesses and individuals can choose fuel efficient light and heavy vehicles

·         work with vehicle suppliers and clean energy providers to make zero emission and flexible fuel vehicles available to the New South Wales vehicle market

·         investigate and consider how the government could best invest in a fleet of electric vehicles, including for public transport, and charging infrastructure at government sites

·         investigate the case for public investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the requirements for renewable energy power supply

·         review and extend the Green Truck Partnership approach to demonstrate new technologies for low-emissions light vehicles and freight (road, rail and other).

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? §  Agree with these actions:  BUT investigate with a view to implement. Too much focus on investigation. A cynical public reads this as ‘not doing anything’.

§  Support Green Truck Partnership including hybrid excavators and trucks.

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? Electric charging stations need to be compatible across car brands. Electric vehicles should be able to charge up at Tesla or other fast charging stations in the near future regardless of brand. Standardising/compatibility issues will be important.
Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.5 Build capacity of local communities to deliver and own renewable energy

·         build capacity in councils in regional areas to provide advice to their communities on advanced energy

·         sponsor energy market and financial regulation reforms through COAG to make it easier for community scale projects to connect to the grid and share their benefits

·         help community energy groups to share knowledge and experience with financing and delivery models to get community energy projects off the ground

·         deliver connection guides and business case guides for sustainable energy community and residential projects

·         investigate the best ways to encourage developers to share the benefits of renewable energy projects with the local community.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? §  Please not just advice!! This is a lazy way for most Councils to do nothing. Councils need to provide incentives for the take up of advanced energy in new developments.

§  Councils need to be educated on climate change and adaptation/mitigation planning.

§  Fund development costs of grid connected community owned clean energy projects.

§  EMBARK website and the Coalition for Community Energy already provide this advice. Our experience is that the learning curve is considerable for community groups and is best gained in the doing not the reading and talking. “Community Energy Models” are different in each case. There is no one size fits all and diverse models develop in response to local opportunities and drivers.

§  There already exists a benefit sharing model as part of the NSW wind farm guidelines. This is not new and has been driven by progressive community voices in  support of well planned wind developments. The State Government needs to to ensure that developers take this seriously. NSW Planning also must ensure that vexatious community complainants do not dominate consultations and projects to the detriment of regional opportunity and the transition to renewable energy.

 

 

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Consider requiring a percentage of all large scale clean energy projects to have a community ownership stake, not just community benefit component.

§  Sell the benefits of clean energy more strongly and take a stronger leadership role.

§  Resolve the contradiction between the NSW Government’s commitment to climate action and its continued support for carbon intensive mining and power generation.

Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.6 Identify low-emissions pathways for emissions intensive sectors

·         partner with researchers and industry to identify and assess the potential for heavy industrial sites to reduce emissions

·         work with industry to share knowledge of emissions reduction technologies and practices based on a ‘learning by doing’ approach.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? Put a price on carbon.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Incentivise carbon reduction outcomes for heavy industry.

§  Sunset clause for ‘business as usual’. Pollution has to end at some point. Get real with all stakeholders about this.

 

Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.7 Reduce emissions in NSW to support achievement of Commonwealth objectives

·         Coal Innovation NSW continuing to support research into low emissions coal technologies and encouraging the development and implementation of these technologies, including investigating ways for coal mines to reduce their fugitive emissions, including via the Commonwealth Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund

·         strengthen emissions-performance requirements and monitoring in land-use planning and major project-planning approvals processes

·         advocate for Commonwealth, COAG and international action consistent with the Paris Agreement

·         advocate for improvements to Commonwealth policy and programs to address key emissions sources in New South Wales such as agricultural production systems and transport

·         support primary industries, including farmers to save emissions or enhance carbon sequestration and attract funding from the Commonwealth Emission Reduction Fund.0000

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? §  Have the courage to set the NSW course in line with international obligations and actions.

§  The current federal government is not providing leadership that is consistent with the Paris Agreement or effective in setting Australia up for a low carbon future. NSW needs to set its own course in response to the risk this inaction poses for the well being of the economy, environment & community.

§  TGG does not support  a strong focus on “Coal innovation NSW”. Coal mining needs to be phased out sooner than 2050.

§  We support carbon sequestration and carbon farming for agriculture and land management.

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Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Recent Land clearing legislation that makes it easier for landholders to remove trees is a concern in relation to land management and environmental protection. Can’t see how this is compatible with carbon sequestration.

§  Land bought by investors to ‘park money” needs to have mandated environmental responsibilities as a requirement of ownership.

Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.7 Make Sydney the Asia-Pacific’s carbon market hub

·         seek to make Sydney the Asia-Pacific’s carbon market hub by extending Sydney’s financial and business infrastructure, scaling-up Sydney’s carbon market workforce and encouraging international businesses to headquarter in Sydney.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? NSW should have carbon market credentials not just manage the carbon markets in the Asia Pacific region.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? Implement market mechanisms that puts a price on carbon and externalities of carbon intensive industry.
Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?
2.8 Identify cost-effective pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve net zero

·         model emissions pathways and their economic impacts taking account of national and international carbon constraints and trends in both government policies and private sector action

·         monitor and predict the impact of current and new policy initiatives on the state’s emissions performance

·         develop a plan for New South Wales to achieve net zero emissions.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to support our advanced energy transition? YES – Develop a clear road map to achieve net zero emissions by 2030!!!!!!

2050 is too far out.

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there other opportunities for advanced energy we should be encouraging?

 


 

  1. National leadership in energy efficiency

A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money provides a greater level of detail on some potential actions in the Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan. There are more detailed consultation questions in italics with numbering corresponding to A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money.

 

Please provide any comments on specific potential actions from the Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan AND A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money below:

Sections and potential actions Questions Responses
3.1 Expand investment under the Government Resource Efficiency Policy

·         support councils to upgrade public lighting and adopt the Government Resource Efficiency Policy.

·         implement government energy management and reporting systems to help agencies understand where and how to make energy savings

·         develop clean energy standards for new government funded infrastructure projects and investigate the best way to implement them

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? TGG supports improved energy efficient street lighting.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
Q27: What is the best approach to develop higher sustainability and energy efficiency standards that can apply across a range of infrastructure types?
Q28: What are the best policy options to facilitate the installation of energy efficient public lighting?
Q29: What is the best way to support councils to apply GREP?
Q30: What is the best way to achieve energy and bill savings from hotels used by NSW Government?
Q31: Are there other ways to save energy through government procurement?
3.2 Improve energy productivity for households and businesses

·         accelerate energy efficient appliance standards under the national Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards program

·         consult on increasing the NSW Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX) targets for new homes to encourage industry innovation and best practice, and reduce energy bills

·         improve energy standards for new commercial buildings by advocating for new standards

·         investigate the introduction of energy standards for retail tenancies and common areas in apartment buildings.

·         partner with supply chains to improve the efficiency of the products available to end consumers.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? §  TGG supports these actions to improve energy efficiency.

§  Implement higher BASIX standards in all new developments and development applications. ACT has a BASIX rating of 8 – why reinvent the wheel unless you can improve on this?

 

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Housing developers need to be required to consider aspect, weather, insulation, building materials and landscaping in all new developments.  There is a lot of really poor housing going up that are energy intensive and built to maximise profit rather than liveability.

§  There needs to be more flexibility and support for adaptive reuse of heritage stock in regional areas to both preserve and repurpose heritage buildings. The restrictions are causing neglect and risk of heritage loss. There is a lot of embodied energy in heritage buildings.

Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency? §  Councils, Building industry, TAFE and housing developers.

§  Heritage Council –  not sure who is responsible for heritage listing and regulation.

Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging? §  Green skills training in all aspects of building trades.
Q8: What is the best way to keep BASIX standards up to date? §  Review every 4 years to increase standards or have a 10 year plan with staged improvements with milestones so that Councils, TAFE, building industry and developers have a framework into the future.

§  Mandate green skills training and upgrades for builders. Develop a training points system to encourage ongoing learning/training to maintain and improve efficiency building knowledge.

Q9: How can better information on BASIX performance help consumers and industry to understand the benefits of better designed and more energy efficient homes?

 

Q11: What is the best approach to achieve energy and bill savings from common areas and shared services in apartment buildings?

 

Q12: Could the NSW Government achieve energy savings from precinct-scale developments, high-growth areas and by partnering with local government areas?
Q13: What would be the benefits and impacts of encouraging precinct-scale or local government area energy savings for new homes and other buildings?

 

Q20: What level of stringency increase should the NSW Government advocate for to deliver significant and cost-effective energy savings?
Q21: What role, if any, could the NSW Government play to help businesses access private finance to help them adjust to improved energy standards for new commercial buildings?

 

Q22: What other approaches could be taken to achieve energy and bill savings from commercial buildings?

 

Q23: What are the potential benefits and impacts of this option?

 

Q24: What other approaches could be taken to achieve energy and bill savings from large retail buildings?
Q25: What are the potential benefits and impacts of this option?

 

Q34: What is the best approach for the NSW Government to support the acceleration and expansion of GEMS?
Q36 Are there opportunities to enhance the national Energy Rating Label system that could deliver significant energy savings?
3.3 Support industry to realise cost-effective energy productivity opportunities

·         support large energy users to investigate energy savings opportunities.

·          support industry sectors to adopt best practice energy management practices

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? TGG does not support investigation only – there has to be best practice implementation as an outcome.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
Q14: What is the best approach to providing funding or other support for large energy users to prepare plans?

 

Q15: The NSW Government could determine program participation by targeting a set a number of large energy users, or by setting an energy consumption threshold.

What is the best approach to determine which large energy users could be included in a program?

Q16: Payback periods or internal rates of return could be suitable ways to determine what makes a ‘cost-effective’ energy efficiency opportunity.

What is the best approach to define ‘cost-effectiveness’?

Q17: Are there instances where large energy users should be exempt from preparing a plan? If so, under what circumstances?
Q18: Is requiring energy management systems similar to those applied in Germany or the United States appropriate for large energy users in NSW?

 

Q19: Are there other initiatives or approaches that NSW should consider that could be effective in enabling large energy users in NSW to implement cost effective energy efficiency opportunities?
Q26: What opportunities may be available to the NSW Government to further promote waste heat recovery?

 

Q35: Are there opportunities for the NSW Government to work with the hot water industry to explore innovations that can save energy and money?
3.4 Drive clean energy upgrades for rental households

·         provide ratings for homes at the point of sale or lease to help renters and buyers know which properties would be cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in

·         improve energy performance of tenanted homes to make them more affordable and liveable for renters.

·         investigate opportunities to work with other jurisdictions on common approaches to energy efficiency in rental properties.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? §  Agree though it is not clear how these actions will be achieved. There is a huge amount of public ignorance about energy efficiency.

 

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Landlord compliance will be an issue in some situations – seems that mandating certain standards is the way to go.
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging? Behind the meter solar installations in rental accommodation.
Q1: What are the best approaches to deliver a ratings program in a way that will drive implementation of energy efficiency and grow the market for energy efficient homes and upgrades?
Q2: What are the key attributes for a voluntary ratings program to be considered successful and justify transition to a required scheme?
Q3: The NSW Government has identified performance standards, technology standards, and an incentive program as potential approaches to improve energy efficiency standards for tenanted homes.

What is the best approach or combination of approaches and why?

Q4: Housing stress includes rent and energy bill pressures.

What are the best approaches to reduce energy bill pressures for tenants without increasing housing costs and why?

Q5: On-bill financing and other innovative financing mechanisms could allow owners to share upgrade costs with tenants.

What is needed to help landlords to improve the energy performance of tenanted homes? 

Q6: What are the best approaches to deliver a ratings program for tenanted homes in a way that will drive implementation of energy efficiency and grow the market for energy efficient homes and upgrades?
Q7: What are the key attributes for a voluntary ratings program for tenanted homes to be considered successful and justify transition to a required scheme?
3.5 Support vulnerable households to reduce their energy bills

·         upgrade social housing by reviewing and expanding the Home Energy Action program, strengthening partnerships and developing innovative financing mechanisms.

·         as part of a review of energy concessions, the government will investigate the use of energy rebates and other innovative mechanisms to fund energy efficiency upgrades, taking account of community views

·         provide bill reduction advice that is tailored to the needs of vulnerable customers identified through better information.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? No comments – Social housing sector is best to comment on this.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
Q10: What is the best approach to help vulnerable households save energy and money?
3.6 Support small businesses to increase their energy productivity

·         invest in market capacity to deliver innovative energy efficiency products and services to small businesses and collect data to inform the Energy Savings Scheme

·         continue to provide energy efficiency training to general business advisers.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? YES TGG supports these targeted actions.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
Q32: Are targeted incentives an effective way to deliver energy savings and kick-start new activities in the Energy Savings Scheme?
Q33: Are there more effective ways to grow and transform the market for energy efficiency products and services?
3.6 Ensure that 40% of participants in the NSW Government clean energy program are in regional NSW

·         provide information on the business proposition for energy efficiency service providers in regional New South Wales such as a map of known energy efficiency opportunities.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency? Yes! But best to take a strengths based approach and  get a comprehensive outcome region by region rather than spreading resources so thinly that nothing substantial happens anywhere.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
3.7 Reduce peak demand through battery storage and other demand management measures

·         engage with the COAG Energy Council to reform the National Electricity Rules to reduce barriers to broad based demand management

·         advocate to the Australian Energy Regulator for greater implementation of demand management by network businesses

·         jump start the demand management market during the current regulatory cycle with reverse auctions to reduce peak demand using technologies such as appliance demand response and battery storage

·         work with network businesses and energy efficiency service providers to coordinate information required to target energy savings at grid constrained areas.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency?
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
3.8 Steward the energy savings market to help households and businesses save energy and save money

·         align the Energy Savings Scheme with those in other states and territories

·         continuously improve the Energy Savings Scheme Rule and targets to provide new opportunities for households and businesses to save energy

·         improve contracts and business cases for Environmental Upgrade Agreements and other mechanisms in consultation with industry and the multi-unit residential sector

·         expand innovative financing models including rates-based financing and green bonds.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency?
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?
3.9 Identify energy efficiency measures that could double New South Wales’ energy productivity

·         establish an Energy and Resource Efficiency Research Hub in collaboration with the research sector to build expertise in energy efficiency and support innovators to assess the performance of new products

·         monitor and publish New South Wales energy use, energy savings and energy-efficiency sales data in collaboration with the energy services sector and the COAG Energy Council

·         research the design of programs that are more effective in influencing consumers and suppliers to save energy

·         provide funding to measure and verify energy savings in targeted industry sectors and technologies

·         investigate the introduction of an energy productivity target for New South Wales and the form that it could take.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to drive energy efficiency?
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there particular communities or industry sectors we should be targeting to improve energy efficiency?
Are there other opportunities for energy efficiency we should be encouraging?

 


 

  1. Preparing for a changing climate

 

Please provide any comments on specific potential actions below:

Sections and potential actions Questions Responses
4.1 Ensure 100% of NSW Government agencies are taking action to manage their climate change risks

·         prepare best-practice guides, tools and targeted training to help government agencies identify and manage climate change risks

·         support government agencies to meet their requirement to undertake initial climate risk assessments and develop appropriate responses

·         develop a framework for reporting government agencies’ adaptation initiatives to foster best practice

·         build the capacity of land management agencies to enhance bushfire management and prevention.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? YES!
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? Don’t make ‘reporting’ the main outcome. Showcase to the public the results in a more accountable and accessible way.
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?
4.2 Increase awareness of climate change risks in industry sectors and local governments

·         help the primary industries, energy and infrastructure sectors understand how they can respond to climate change risks and capture opportunities

·         build capacity in coastal councils to respond to climate change risks

·         build capacity in local councils and joint organisations to understand and coordinate local responses to climate change impacts

·         provide tailored information resources and updated climate change projections, including expanding the AdaptNSW website, on practical cost-effective ways to reduce risks for local councils and communities.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? §  Definitely! Local Government is very slow to respond to climate change as a planning issue despite being bound by the principles of ecological sustainable development.

§  TGG has provided consistent input into Goulburn Council’s community and land use strategies on energy efficiency, liveability, green spaces, business and educational opportunities  that can be leveraged in a ‘green’ and ‘clean’ economy.

 

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Does anyone know about Adapt NSW??
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?
4.3 Grow the adaptation services market

·         establish an adaptation innovation fund to support innovation and entrepreneurialism that could protect our local communities and provide export opportunities

·         investigate the need for accreditation schemes and information hubs for professional services involved in climate change adaptation such as agriculture, emergency preparedness and health

·         improve building standards and planning requirements to take into account the impacts of climate change

·         investigate and develop rating systems to assess the climate resilience of residential and commercial properties and infrastructure.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? TGG supports these actions
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?
4.4 Assist local communities to reduce their exposure to natural hazards

·         minimise the impacts of climate change on socially and economically disadvantaged urban, regional and remote communities through social impact investment for actions such as upgrading homes, community facilities and infrastructure

·         assist in making private finance, such as resilience bonds, available for households and businesses to adapt to climate change through partnerships with the finance and insurance sectors

·         support innovative pilot projects that demonstrate best practice adaptation and can be replicated in other regional communities or local government areas.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? These actions are supported.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?
4.5 Increase canopy coverage in heat exposed suburbs and regional towns

·         implement a program of information, tools and funds for demonstration projects to improve green cover in our cities and regional towns

·         investigate how to encourage the use of natural ecosystems to reduce the effects of climate change on people, communities and infrastructure, for example through flood mitigation and preventing coastal erosion.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? §  Definitely. You know it is a very hot day when the most popular car park is the one in shade regardless of how far it is from the destination!

§  Councils need to have a strong street tree policy protecting footpaths and road radiated heat.

Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective? §  Essential Energy tree pruning is destroying canopy cover in many areas. This needs to be looked into. There appears to be little attention paid to preserving canopy when tree lopping is in full swing. Community is not happy when this happens.
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?
4.6 Improve understanding of climate change impacts in priority sectors

·         update and enhance the state-wide climate projections developed with NARCliM, including projections for longer time periods and under different emissions scenarios

·         produce hazard maps and reports for key hazards, such as flood, bushfire, drought and heat, to help decision makers understand risks

·         co-fund new research on extreme climatic events, such as extreme rainfall or wind, to understand future risks as part of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub

·         co-fund new research into climate change risks and adaptation options for priority sectors, such as primary industries, health, water security and vulnerable communities, as part of the Adaptation Research Hub

·         identify risks to critical public infrastructure, such as energy, water, transport and health infrastructure and options to manage these future risks.

Do you have any comments on the actions we propose to fund through the Climate Change Fund to prepare New South Wales for the impacts of climate change? §  This work on climate projections is already being done at various universities, CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. It may be more an issue of synthesising the data to implement adaptive responses or mitigation responses.
Are there particular issues we need to consider to ensure these actions are effective?
Are there positive opportunities from climate change we should be targeting?

 


 

  1. General comments

This section provides an opportunity for any general comments on the overall strategic approach of the Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan AND A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money.

 

Questions Responses
The government is interested in your feedback on whether and how we should refine and deliver the potential actions identified. §  TGG supports the NSW Government’s recognition of the reality of climate change and the need to transition to a zero carbon economy.

§  TGG would like to see the net zero emission target delivered by 2030. 2050 is too far out.

§  TGG is concerned that the Climate Fund Strategy does not offer enough real world action. There is too much in the draft that focuses on “investigation”, “research” and “information sharing”. There is enough of this already on record. The time is right for targeted action and strong leadership from the government on climate adaptation and mitigation.

§  NSW should not tie itself to the Federal Government on emissions targets, renewable energy targets and other initiatives. There is too much uncertainty at the Federal level to risk this as a guide to NSW action on climate change.

§  This does not appear to be an integrated plan. There is a gap in the Strategy relating to the Government’s approach to coal and gas extraction going forward. TGG would like to see the linkages between the Climate Change Fund/Policy Framework & strategic commitments in other NSW Departments such as Trade and Investment, Planning, Resources and Energy to ensure that the Government as a whole is singing from the same song sheet.

The government is interested in your feedback on whether there are other actions that should be considered to deliver the government’s priority investment areas. §  The Goulburn Group is also concerned that volunteer community associations are being used to deliver substantial environmental & community energy projects/feasibility studies without funding for paid administration & coordination. Where projects are driven by community associations they need to have adequate support to coordinate and administer projects. Too many volunteer hours are expected. Please consider this in any partnership arrangements. There should be funding for travel, meeting expenses, report writing, administration and coordination.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate.