Emissions Reduction Plan consultation Opportunities to have your say. The Government has released its consultation on the Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) in response to the Climate Change Commission’s final advice. This is a significant step in tackling our emissions profile across the economy through to 2035.Sustainable Business Council and Climate Leaders Coalition have put out an initial press statement in response. We are in the process of reviewing the document and will send members our initial high-level analysis. A focus of this analysis will be on assessing how the Government has accounted for the key points we previously made in response to the Commission’s advice, through our collective SBC/CLC submission.As you know the Government extended the timeframe for delivering its final report as a result of the recent Delta outbreak. Submissions on the ERP are due by 24 November 2021 and the new statutory deadline to publish the final plan is 31 May 2022.We will produce a joint CLC/SBC submission on the draft ERP following a similar process to that from earlier this year when responding to the Commission’s advice. This will include online workshops and two review rounds.Key datesDateActionFriday 15 October 2021Initial analysis to membersTuesday 19 OctoberWorkshop for all members – SBC/CLC only*1 – 2 NovemberSBC circulate first draft of submission3 – 8 NovemberWorkshops on key sectoral/thematic focus areasWednesday 3 November, 3pm – 4.30pmAll member workshop: Introductory session with MfE on ERP discussion document (45 minutes)SBC presentation and discussion on first draft of response to GovtFriday, 5 November, 12 – 1pmSectoral workshop: AgricultureFriday, 5 November, 3 – 4.30pmSectoral workshop: TransportMonday, 8 November, 9.30 – 10.30amSectoral workshop: Building and ConstructionMonday, 8 November, 11.30am – 1pmCross cutting workshop: Business/Government interface; Research, Science & Innovation; Funding & financing; Emissions PricingMonday, 8 November. 3.30 – 4.30pmSectoral workshop: Energy and IndustryMonday 8 November, 2 – 3pmThematic workshop: Equitable transitionsMonday 8 NovemberMember comments due back on first draftTuesday 16 NovemberSBC circulate second draft of submissionFriday 19 NovemberMember comments due back on second draftWednesday 24 NovemberSubmission dueThese events are for SBC/CLC members only. Registration links will be sent to members as they become available.We recognise that managing the impact of the recent lockdowns is remains a priority for many of you, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to engage in this process over the next six weeks. Kate Wilson Butler and Laurette Siemonek will be leading this work and are available to talk anything through.