2023 Sustainability Partnerships: expression of interest

We are seeking to partner with organisations that want to act on climate change.

Our focus is on enabling and supporting best practice and building collaborative processes to ensure any actions we take are meaningful, feasible and cost-effective

A successful partnership is rooted in shared understanding, transparency, and clear communication. We have devised a series of criteria and intended outcomes outlining what we hope to achieve through partnerships.

EPA’s 2023 Sustainability Partnerships Criteria

  • Focus on gaps in climate change action and not duplicate existing efforts
  • Improve the EPA’s understanding of industry and regulated community needs (e.g. agricultural sector, waste sector local government)
  • Support pilots that meet one or more policy or funding gaps, which could inform future programs for the EPA.
  • Improve community perception of the EPA’s role in climate change
  • Strengthen the EPA's regulatory role through the continued implementation of its Regulatory Strategy and Policy (Listen, Educate, Enable, Influence).

EPA’s Sustainability Partnerships intended outcomes

Your idea will need to align with one of the following 7 outcomes:

Improved data capability around waste production and greenhouse gas emissions

  1. Increased understanding of waste production and links to embodied emissions
  2. Increased capacity to measure, support higher-order (reuse repair) initiatives for partners and the EPA and broader visibility around opportunities across waste and climate change

Decarbonisation across sectors

  1. Partners are delivering projects that encourage emissions reduction for their community/network and sharing their experiences and learnings with others.
  2. Support not-for-profits on a journey of decarbonisation within their operations*, including understanding their carbon profile, and opportunities for emissions reduction and adaptation.

* not-for-profits have been targeted as we have identified there is a gap in support for these organisations

Improved environmental and community resilience to climate change risks

  1. Communities are better prepared to prevent contamination from chemicals and hazardous materials during emergencies
  2. Better integration of environment and social resilience
  3. Enhance distribution of donated items pre- and post-emergency

To express your interest please complete the form on SmartyGrants by 2 March 2023.

Expression of interest

As a next step we will review the information provided to ascertain which candidates will complete a formal application. Below outlines the process of becoming an EPA Sustainability Partner.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project ideas with us, please do not hesitate to contact the Partnerships Team at partnerships@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Sustainability Partnerships pathway: EOI form, then application form, then Sustainability Partner