NZWEA submitted on the Ministry for the Environment draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) in March 2020:
Based on the advice received the Association considered that the draft NPS-IB represented a significant risk to new renewable electricity generation development and enabling transmission infrastructure.
In June 2022 the Ministry for the Environment released a further consultation by way of an exposure draft to address substantive issues identified in the March 2020 draft.
The Association also submitted on the 2022 Exposure Draft. While advising of overall support for the Governments direction, and in particular the elevation of an effects management hierarchy to a fundamental concept, NZWEA expressed concerns that the NPS-IB will unduly restrict the operation and development of renewable electricity generation.
Key areas of amendment included:
- Improving the alignment of the NPS-IB with New Zealand’s climate change framework.
- Aligning the NPS-IB with the ongoing operation and development of renewable electricity generation.
- Consistency of approach to the management of effects.
NZWEA’s submission can be viewed at the link below: