Submission: NSW Net Zero Future Bill 2023

by Rod Campbell and Elizabeth Morison

The Bill is unlikely to facilitate actions that would result in genuine emissions reductions in NSW, including elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, a moratorium on coal and gas development and decarbonisation of industry and transport.

While the goals of the Bill are laudable, fiscal responsibility is a subjective guiding principle and open to creative interpretation by industry. Improvement could be made by emphasising climate science, effectiveness, efficiency, and equity as guiding principles of the Net Zero Future Bill.

It is also integral that appointments to the Net Zero Commission with links to fossil fuels and carbon offset industries are explicitly ruled out.

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