CAR is dedicated to translating our research into positive policy outcomes. That's why CAR provides submissions to government departments to inform their policy-making process. We provide submissions on areas related to our research programs and expertise. Below you will find CAR's latest submissions.
Submission on the New South Wales Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Clean Air) Bill 2021
28th June 2021
We provided a submission on the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Clean Air) Bill 2021.
We commend and support any legislative amendment that reduces the permitted emission of harmful pollutant concentrations from fossil-fuelled energy sources. Adverse health effects result from particulate matter exposure occur even at low levels. As such, there is no safe level of air pollution exposure in terms of human health. We recommend the pursuit of increasingly stringent concentration standards for existing fossil-fuelled energy sources in future, and strongly oppose the approval of new fossil-fuelled energy sources.
Our submission and others can be found on the Parliament of NSW website here.
Consultation on the New South Wales Government’s Draft Clean Air Strategy
22 April 2021
We provided a submission on the consultation on the NSW Government's Draft Clean Air Strategy.
We support the general thrust of the draft NSW Clean Air Strategy and commend the NSW Government for its recognition of, and commitment to, a number of important actions across the five priority areas identified in the Strategy. We do, however, emphasise that additional actions are required to reduce domestic wood heater and coal mining emissions. Further, a rapid transition to electric vehicles is necessary to address transport-related emissions.
There is no safe level of air pollution and data presented in the Strategy demonstrate the substantial health impacts associated with poor air quality in NSW from a range of sources. The implementation of additional actions that strengthen the commitment to emissions reduction in identified priority areas will lead to reductions in health impacts that place undue pressure on the health system and unnecessarily burden the economy.
Consultation on light and heavy vehicle emission standards for cleaner air.
25 February 2021
We provided a submission on the consultation on light and heavy vehicle emission standards for cleaner air to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
We strongly support the transition to the most stringent Euro standards as soon as possible in Australia. These interventions will lead to reductions in preventable deaths, hospitalisations and GP visits in Australia as a result of reducing community exposure to vehicle emissions.