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The Net Zero Emissions Policy Forum is probably the best thing to happen in the climate space for many years. It sounds like a talkfest, but this forum will bring together the NSW, ACT and SA Governments with the objective to collaborate and solve the practical problems of reaching net zero emissions.

In a series of announcements, the NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean said, “the forum will provide a repository of policies and resources that can help members reduce their emissions and grow their economies without reinventing the wheel”.

The ACT Chief Minister and ACT Minister for Climate Action, Andrew Barr said “the forum will prove vital in providing sub-national Governments a shared suite of tools to address the policy challenges of achieving net zero emissions”.

SA Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs said “to combat climate change on a global scale we need to speed up the transition to net zero and solve the technical, economic and policy problems of getting there”.

The ACT Minister said the “Sub-national Governments have a vital role to play in getting to net zero emissions because we have some of the most important levers such as

The Net Zero Emissions Policy Forum will allow the collaboration between governments to design the policies to solve the challenges of getting to net zero emissions. It should also allow for the streamlining of policy creation and should speed up the implementation process.

NSW will be first to chair the group and will hold this position for the next 12 months. The Forum is an Under2 Coalition initiative supported by the Climate Group and ClimateWorks Australia. The Under2 Coalition is a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement. The Under2 Coalition brings together 260 governments representing 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy.