Planning and Environmental Approvals
Snowy 2.0 will go through a comprehensive, well established and transparent planning and environmental approvals process. The Kosciuszko National Park is our backyard. We take our duty to operate the Scheme in an environmentally responsible way very seriously and have a proven track record over many decades.
Only once the relevant approvals are in place can construction of the project commence. To ensure the environmental impacts of the project are fully and adequately considered throughout the Feasibility Study and beyond, Snowy Hydro engaged an independent expert environmental consultancy firm to undertake a thorough impact assessment.
The NSW Government has declared Snowy 2.0 as a Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) project under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW).
The CSSI declaration is not final approval for Snowy 2.0. Snowy Hydro proposes to construct the project in phases, beginning with the exploratory works. Snowy Hydro is preparing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will address the environmental, social and economic impacts of the exploratory works for submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
This EIS will be available for the public to review and make submissions. A separate EIS will be prepared for later phases of the project.