Country:Australia
Year:1999
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Policy Support
Agency:Environment Australia
Legal References:Possible Application of a Greenhouse Trigger under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Consultation Paper, December 1999
Climate Change Description:According to a 1999 consultation paper, new projects in Australia that would likely be major emitters of GHGs would face an assessment process under the nations new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act known as a "greenhouse trigger". This essentially means that the government could refuse to approve a project application because of the extent of the projects GHG emissions, including its emissions relative to other projects. The underlying aim of this approach is to ensure best practice in projects. The release of the consultation paper, "Possible Application of a Greenhouse Trigger under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999" carried out a commitment made by Australias prime minister that once the EPBC Act was passed, the government would begin a consultation process with the states and other stakeholders on whether to apply the greenhouse trigger to new projects. The consultation paper was prepared for the government by ICF Consulting.
Related policies:Proposal for a Greenhouse Trigger

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