This is the Business Council of Australia’s submission to the New South Wales (NSW) Climate Change Policy Framework. The framework that has been proposed by the NSW government demonstrates the constructive role that state governments can play when developing climate change policy.
For example, policies aimed at improving the range of energy efficiency information available in the market and the continuation of measures that assist communities to adapt to climate change, are both welcome initiatives that can effectively complement a national policy framework. However, some of the policy initiatives that have been put forward by the NSW government are likely to increase the cost of carbon abatement and create unnecessary divergences from the national policy framework.
The Business Council of Australia’s submission therefore reinforces the importance of a coherent national climate change and energy policy framework.