How is the EPA using data and intelligence to inform regulatory decisions?
Our Digital Transformation Strategy 2021-2023 is guiding our investment in horizon scanning, intelligence, data, and technology. Data and analytics are all central parts of how we regulate.
Many of today’s environmental challenges such as climate change, waste management and resource recovery, loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation are complex and multi-dimensional. Our dedicated Intelligence and Analysis Unit develops strategic foresight intelligence providing long-term insights on significant issues and drivers of change.
We’re constantly improving by using data and insights to be a better regulator.
In the past two years we:
- have improved technology for collection and analysis – e.g. leveraging the World Economic Forum Strategic Intelligence tool; using large-data sets through access to Feedly accounts
- have built stronger external partnerships e.g. with the Australian Joint Agency Scanning Network and the Department of Premier and Cabinet Shaping Futures team.
- are using our new Environment Protection Incident and Cases management system, allowing us to track investigations and inspections from beginning to end
We recognise that responding to complexity requires collaboration and innovation. The Digital Transformation Strategy is nested with our other strategic plans. Digital tools are enabling the EPA to work with others and regulate more effectively to address challenges in ways we haven’t been able to do before.
How is the recent court case influencing the EPA’s work in Climate Change?
Climate Change is one of the five strategic focus areas in our Strategic Plan. We are committed to supporting and implementing the NSW Government's Climate Change Policy Framework and Net Zero Plan.
We are also responsible for letting the public know about the state of the NSW environment and how well the NSW Government is doing against the Net Zero Plan, in the NSW State of the Environment Report. Produced every three years, this report includes information from all NSW Government agencies that share responsibility for managing the state’s environmental assets. The latest report will be out in the next few months.
We’re highly aware that combating climate change is not the role of one agency or government, it requires a combined response by all levels of government, industry, business and the community. The EPA is currently identifying future policies, guidelines, programs, and actions it will be taking to meet our strategic plan objectives.
- See our statement regarding the decision in the Land and Environment Court on the matter of Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action vs NSW EPA
Read more about climate change.