CEIG unveils blueprint for streamlining renewable energy approvals in NSW
Serving as a map for optimizing renewable energy initiatives in NSW, 'Delivering Major Clean Energy Projects in NSW' provides actionable steps towards a more streamlined and expedited pathway for project approvals.
The Clean Energy Investor Group (CEIG) has released a new report, Delivering Major Clean Energy Projects in NSW. Aimed at addressing possible barriers to clean energy investors in NSW based projects, the report offers strategic solutions aimed at expediting the approval processes crucial for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Recognizing the imperative for swift action, the CEIG proposes proactive measures to streamline the approval system without compromising the rigors of environmental assessments or the inclusivity of community consultations.
Highlighting opportunities for improvement, the report outlines several key solutions including:
- Critical Infrastructure Status: Proposing the classification of clean energy and transmission projects as critical State significant infrastructure. This designation has proven to facilitate faster approvals while ensuring comprehensive assessments.
- Enhanced Guidelines: Recommending revisions to the Draft Energy Policy Framework to streamline assessments, specifically addressing concerns related to dwelling entitlements and visual impact assessments. This refinement aims to foster better outcomes and smoother approval processes.
- Community-Centric Approach: Emphasizing the vital role of landscape architects in shaping visual impact assessments. The report urges active engagement with these professionals to align assessment requirements with project design objectives.
The report approach underscores not only the identification of obstacles but also tangible strategies to overcome these challenges. By leveraging the combined expertise and resources of domestic and global investors in clean energy, the group aims to facilitate more efficient and effective approval processes.