Response to RMA (Fast-track Consenting) Bill 

Response to RMA (Fast-track Consenting) Bill 

We have provided feedback to the Minister for the Environment David Parker on the Government's proposed changes to the RMA consenting process. The changes would see consents fast tracked in an effort to stimulate recovery following COVID-19. 

Our advice has been sent in the form of a letter that you can read here

The Commission's view is that the projects approved under the COVID-19 Recovery Bill must be consistent with the Climate Change Response Act. This means applying a climate change lens to all projects seeking approval. Our recovery must not create future problems that themselves may cause large public and private costs. We have suggested any project that would lock in high emissions technology or systems and threaten our ability to meet our targets be declined. 

We have also urged the Government to be guided by the principles we proposed in April.