(1) What greenhouse gas emission reduction targets does the Government have for the property development and construction industry, and new urban areas?
(2) To what extent does the Government plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and then net zero by 2050 from the construction and occupation of new suburbs, and in new buildings including commercial, industrial and high rise apartments?
(3) What new rules will the Government apply to the development of new suburbs and the construction industry aimed solely at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Government's Net Zero Plan?
(4) What modelling has been done on these new rules and what greenhouse gas emission reductions are they expected to result in?
(5) What new rules will the Government apply to the construction of homes and surrounding areas to protect the amenity in homes on days of extremely high temperatures as a result of climate change?
(6) What new rules will the Government apply to the construction of homes to build resilience against climate change and reduce impacts on future residents from disasters including flood and fire?
(7) What assessment has the Government made on the expected increases to greenhouse gas emissions as a result of withdrawing plans to introduce the Design and Place State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP)?
(8) What assessment has the Government made on the sustainability and liveability of new housing under predicted climate change impacts as a result of withdrawing plans to introduce the Design and Place SEPP?
(9) What direct consultation by the minister occurred with environment and professional groups and local Government before plans for introducing the Design and Place SEPP were dropped?
(10) What consideration will you give to introducing the Design and Place SEPP?
I am advised:
(1) NSW Net Zero Plan, Stage 1 2020-2030. Information is publicly available at https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/climate-change/net-zero-plan
(2) New houses and apartment buildings will make a significant contribution to the 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 due to the higher standards proposed for the BASIX State Environmental Planning Policy.
(3) In line with Stage 1 of the Government’s Net Zero Plan, higher BASIX standards proposed for the thermal performance and energy efficiency of new homes are being finalised. The proposed higher standards for the thermal performance and energy efficiency of new homes will reduce emissions by another 150,000 tonnes a year.
(4) See: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/draftplans/under-consideration/basix-higher-standards
(5) The higher thermal performance standards proposed for BASIX will keep homes naturally cooler and reduce the need for air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter.
(6) The natural hazards package released in December 2021 identifies the natural hazards relevant to New South Wales that should be considered in strategic planning and is publicly available at https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Natural-hazards#:~:text=The%20Natural%20Hazards%20package%20includes%3A%20A%20Strategic%20Guide,authorities%20find%20the%20information%20and%20data%20they%20need
(7) There has been no assessment on this matter.
(8) The Design and Place SEPP package proposed higher thermal performance requirements and energy standards for new residential buildings (single homes and multi-residential) in NSW through BASIX. Whilst the Design and Place SEPP has been discontinued, the BASIX changes are still being proposed.
(9) The Minister’s diary is publicly available at https://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/publications/ministers-diary-disclosures/