Reducing air pollution means healthier people and a healthier environment. The EPA works with industry on strategies to reduce air pollution and improve air quality, administers Clean Air for NSW and chairs the Interagency Taskforce on Air Quality in NSW.
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.
Clean Air for NSW
Clean Air for NSW is the NSW Government’s 10-year plan to improve NSW air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing pollution from industry and transport. The EPA is administering the strategy.
Non-road diesel and marine emissions
In the absence of national standards for non-road diesel emissions in Australia, despite non-road plant and equipment being the fourth largest human-made source of fine particle pollution in Sydney’s Greater Metropolitan Region, the NSW EPA has initiated state-based actions to reduce these emissions.
Industries play an important role in reducing air pollution in NSW by complying with legislation, air emissions standards and licence conditions; and by using best practice methods to prevent and minimise air pollution.
Open burning - reducing air pollution from fires
Burning wood, rubbish and vegetation in open fires and incinerators can cause smoke, which is a major cause of air pollution. To protect the environment and your health, there are only certain situations when fires can be lit outside in NSW.
Regional air quality
The EPA works in partnership with regional and local communities to minimise regional air pollution, particularly fine particle pollution, which arises from a combination of natural sources and industrial and domestic activities.