Air: NSW overview

We need to breathe air to live, and breathing clean air is essential for our health and wellbeing. The EPA works in partnership with government agencies, industry and the community to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.

The EPA’s framework for action on improving air quality includes

Working with industry

The EPA issues environment protection licences to the owners or operators of various industrial premises that are scheduled under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. Licence conditions relate to

  • complying with the law to prevent and monitor pollution
  • improving performance through pollution reduction studies and programs
  • cleaner production through implementing best practice.

The EPA works with industry to encourage innovation and the use of science and technology to improve air quality. Current projects include

Working with government

The EPA works with government agencies and local councils to reduce air pollution from

The EPA works with experts to research issues relating to air pollution. For example, the EPA commissioned the CSIRO to examine levels of methane from land uses including landfills, agriculture and natural processes, leading to a valuable snapshot of key methane emissions sources in NSW.

The EPA supports local government in reducing air emissions from local domestic, commercial and industrial sources in their area.

Working with the community

The EPA encourages the community to

The EPA works with community committees in regional NSW to tackle emissions from major polluting industries such as coal mines.

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