Possible implication of the climate change horizon scan

Our first scan on climate change is a decision-support tool that assist us in ensuring our commitments and actions under the Climate Change Action Plan are responsive to emerging issues and trends.

Some of the core high-level implications for the NSW EPA stemming from a consideration of the 8 climate change horizon scanning trends include the need for:

  • improving industry, community and government partnerships and integrated planning to strengthen trust and steer toward best outcomes. For example:
    • encouraging best practice for monitoring and use of natural resources and ecosystems, including under increasing climatic stress and during emergency response.
    • drawing on strong EPA-Agriculture-Health partnerships in response to increasing disease and bio-security risks.
    • enabling stewardship and supporting innovation, for example in emissions reduction and the circular economy.
    • coordination of resilience and risk planning, including long-term worst-case-scenario planning across public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • strengthening monitoring of potential changing climatic pressures on environment and resources
    • monitoring the implications of new technologies and practices in terms of their waste streams and impacts on natural resources
    • supporting standardized emissions reporting for public and private entities.
  • supporting workforce skillset, health-and-safety and resourcing management
    • building a resilient EPA response for natural disasters and climatic-induced events, including real-time monitoring, clean-up measures and coordination of waste management services.