WEBINAR : RMLA Auckland : Climate Change
Auckland RMLA Committee invites you to join us for a webinar from 5-6pm on Wednesday 18 May focused on the assessment of climate change mitigation and adaptation under the RMA and future legislation.
To date, the overlap between our resource management system and climate change mitigation has been somewhat limited, and the law has generally restricted the ability for local authorities to account for climate change in exercising their roles and functions. Most notably, for a significant portion of the RMA’s life, the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change directly or indirectly caused by activities have been excluded from consideration in resource consent decision-marking. However, recent amendments to the RMA, pending RMA reforms, and an increased focus on climate change matters in plans and policy developed by national and local government outside of the resource management system signal a change in this position. In particular, come 30 November 2022, when deciding whether or not to grant consent, or to adopt new rules and policies controlling air discharge consents, the resulting effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change will no longer be out of bounds for decision-makers.
We are also seeing greater acceptance that New Zealand’s response to climate change must also include adaptation measures, which is clearly reflected in New Zealand’s regulatory framework and proposed RMA reform, particularly with the upcoming introduction of the Climate Change Adaptation Act.
In this webinar, panellists Martin Williams (barrister, Shakespeare Chambers) and Chris Scrafton (technical director planning, Beca) will step us through the current framework relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation under the RMA, and discuss what we can expect will be required from resource consent applicants and decision-makers, in light of the recent and pending reforms to our system.
NOTE: This webinar will be held via Zoom and will be recorded. The link to this webinar will be emailed to the email address used in the registration on the morning of 18 May.
When: 18 May 2022
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm