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Environment Protection Authority

Have your say on Load-based licensing in NSW

Media release: 1 November 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting the community to have a say on the review of its load-based licensing scheme.

Load Based Licensing encourages cleaner production by requiring some environment protection licence holders to pay part of their licence fees based on the amount of pollutants they are releasing into the environment. The scheme has been active in NSW since 1999.

EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said the review of the scheme aimed to improve its effectiveness in reducing air emission and water pollutants.

“The Load Based Licensing Scheme has been an important regulatory tool for over 15 years,” Mr Buffier said.

“The issues paper we have released today examines how the scheme has been working and identifies opportunities for improvement.”

“While it doesn’t set out an exact proposal for change, this issues paper is the starting point for genuine consultation on where we can take Load Based Licensing in the next 15 years.”

Licensees who were invited to participate in a preliminary survey indicated strong support for the principles of the scheme and identified a number of elements that could be improved.

Importantly, many indicated that the scheme provided an incentive to them to improve their environmental performance and uphold their corporate environmental responsibilities.

A copy of the draft issues paper and companion products are available on the EPA’s website:

The submission period closes at 5pm on 23 December 2016.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 02 November 2016