The Environment Protection Act 2017 came into effect on 1 July 2021. At the centre of the Act is the general environmental duty (GED).

The GED requires people conducting activities that pose risks of harm to human health or the environment from pollution and waste to understand those risks and take reasonably practicable steps to minimise them.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions create a risk of harm to human health and the environment as they contribute to an increase in climate change risks. By eliminating or reducing your GHG emissions you can help to contribute to reducing climate change risks.

EPA has developed a Draft guideline for managing greenhouse gas emissions for business which is being released for public comment and will inform final guidelines that will be released in August 2022.

The draft guideline outlines a risk management approach that can be applied to GHG emissions. It aims to help you better understand how to identify and assess (for example estimate, calculate) and manage (through implementing controls to minimise the risk so far as reasonably practicable) your direct and indirect GHG emissions.

The final guideline aims to help inform the decisions and actions you can take to minimise the risks of harm to human health and the environment from GHG emissions.

The final guideline will contribute to the state of knowledge.

More information on the news laws can be found at: https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-epa/laws/new-laws

How to participate

  1. Read the draft guideline which can be found in the Document library below.
  2. Note the privacy notice at the bottom of this page.
  3. Participate online by completing the consultation questions or by uploading a submission by 5pm 8 February 2022.

Next steps

6 January 2022 – Public comment is invited on the draft guide
8 February 2022 – Public comment closes
March 2022 – July 2022 – Public feedback will be considered and applied to the draft guide where appropriate
August 2022 – Guide finalised

Privacy collection notice

EPA is committed to protecting your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

When you make a submission in response to EPA’s new Draft Guideline for Managing Greenhouse Gas emissions, your name and email address will be collected so that we can contact you if we have any queries about your submission.

If you wish, we will use your name and email address to send you email updates about the consultation process. If you no longer wish to receive email updates, you can unsubscribe at any point. If you choose to provide information about your interest in the project, EPA will use this information to identify and analyse feedback.

Your submission will be published on Engage Victoria unless you mark it ‘not for publication’.

Following the submission period, EPA will collect and analyse all comments and submissions received. EPA will publish a response to comments and feedback on Engage Victoria. No personal information will be included in this report.

Your information will be held securely within EPA and only used for the purposes outlined above.

For more information on how EPA handles the personal information we collect in carrying out our functions and activities, please refer to our Privacy Policy. For any other questions, including how to seek access to your own personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer by email at privacyofficer@epa.vic.gov.au