Climate Change Implications for Local Government of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020
This article outlines the recent climate-change-related amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and discusses the implications of these changes for existing arrangements and for local government implementation agencies.
It notes that the repealed sections will possibly have the most effect and will target regional councils’ consideration of discharge applications from point sources, with little effect on emissions from land use changes.
The additions relating to considerations for policy statements and plans confirm existing requirements, but by being explicit, provide much needed linkages between legislation and co-ordination between central and local government.
Author: Blair Dickie, Climate Change Knowledge Hub Leader