Government submissions

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. 

Review of standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide

01 Aug 2019

CAR's submission to the proposed variation to the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide.

Queensland Draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

04 Apr 2019

CAR's submission to the Queensland Government’s Draft Waste Management and Resource Recover Strategy. Our submission focused on waste-to-energy (WtE) processes, which should be considered when waste cannot be avoided, reduced, recycled or re-purposed.

Review of waste policy

04 Oct 2018

CAR made a submission in response to the Department of Environment's call for feedback on a discussion paper to review the 2009 National Waste Policy. Our key message was the need to prioritise waste reduction and reuse over waste-to-energy pathways. 

National Pollution Inventory Review

09 Aug 2018

The National Air Pollution Inventory (NPI) provides data on 93 substances that have been identified as important due to their possible effect on human health and the environment. The NPI is currently being reviewed and CAR has provided a submission highlighting the need for the NPI but also where improvements could be made.

Select Committee on Electric Vehicles

26 Jul 2018

In June 2018, the Senate established the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles to inquire into the use and manufacture of electric vehicles in Australia. CAR proposed that while the uptake of electric vehicles is likely to reduce  air pollution and improve respiratory health (only if clean energy is used to generate electricity), there are more health benefits to be derived by investing in active transportation and improved urban design. 

Clean Air for All Victorians: Victoria’s Air Quality Statement

28 Jun 2018

In May 2018, the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change released Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Air Quality Statement. CAR provided a joint submission with CAUL, Melbourne Energy Institute and University of Melbourne.

Proposed national approach to product stewardship action on environmental impacts of products

03 May 2018

As product types are changing and increasing, managing their impacts on the environment (from waste produced throughout their lifecycle) is becoming increasingly complex. In May, the Department of Environment and Energy requested submissions to two of its documents, which aimed to set out a framework for prioritising which products should be looked at by Australian Governments. In its submission, CAR proposed that looking at the health impacts of a product's lifecycle is key.   

Better fuel for clean air: Draft regulation impact statement.

13 Mar 2018

As part of a Review of Fuel Standards​, the federal Department of Environment and Energy opened up submissions to its 'Better fuel for cleaner air discussion paper'. Read CAR's submission to this below. 

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