Air Quality

Focus: PNG

map view of Papua New Guinea

Though based in Australia, Katestone’s experience and expertise extends beyond Australian shores to all corners of the globe including our northern neighbour Papua New Guinea. PNG has access to phenomenal natural resources including significant reserves of both gold and natural gas. Environmental approvals are part and parcel of the rapid phase of development currently underway in…

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The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) – an overview

lowering the CO2 needle on emissions

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has been put in place to provide incentives for emissions reduction activities across the Australian economy. It is a large part of the government’s Direct Action policy, aimed at assisting Australia to meet its emissions reduction target of five percent below 2000 levels by 2020. Below is a basic overview…

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Katestone hosts AAQ NEPM seminar and workshop

image of clouds NEPM

In September, Katestone hosted a series of events to help our clients understand the proposed changes to the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure (AAQ NEPM) air quality standards. Participants heard the background and rationale for change, how the changes might impact on their businesses and how they might make a submission. The events were well…

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Seminar: ‘Residential Development? Not in my backyard!’

Are anti-encroachment laws just an excuse for poor environmental performance of industries or are they necessary to protect their future viability? Aerosols, fumes, odour, particles and smoke can be a nuisance to residents and reduce amenity. Odour and dust are often the subject of resident complaints about industry and a range of factors, some out…

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NSW EPA Hazardous Air Pollutants tender win

Hazardous Air Pollutants

In June Katestone, in partnership with The Eco-efficiency Group (TEG), were awarded a NSW EPA tender for the Hazardous Air Pollutant Review of Priority Facilities project. Our specialist skills in air quality and data processing, combined with TEGs capability in industry engagement and identification of best practice, proved to be a winning combination. This is a great initiative from the…

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What can the NPI tell us about air pollution?

The recent release of the 2012/13 NPI emissions and transfer data by the Department of Environment is the 15th annual dataset published by the program. For anyone who’s life doesn’t revolve around pollution and publicly available data sets, here’s a quick overview of the NPI, the last 15 years of data and a look at…

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Independent statistical review backs Katestone report

ARTC Coal Transport

Simon Welchman responded to the release of EPA’s independent analysis of Katestone’s study of particulate emissions from coal trains. Katestone conducted a monitoring study for ARTC that began in late 2012 and was completed by May 2013 with the submission of the final monitoring report to the EPA.  The study was commissioned in response to…

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Odour Nuisance Survey – Wastewater Industry Professionals

odour-wasterwater-treatment-plants

Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure Planning, Development and Operation Katestone is undertaking a survey of wastewater treatment professionals to gauge their experiences in addressing odour nuisance issues at both the approval (planning) and operational stages of a project. There are two surveys to cover industry experiences with either: Planning and development stage of infrastructure (i.e. assessing odour…

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Michael gets the latest on using CALPUFF from the experts

Advanced-CALPUFF-training-course-2013

Katestone Air Quality Consultant, Dr Michael Burchill recently spent the day in Sydney attending the Advanced CALPUFF training course. Michael was pretty excited to have the opportunity to meet the model developers and course presenters, Joe Scire and Jenny Barclay. “The course offered an insight into the development process of the CALPUFF model and provided a…

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Air quality modelling case studies presented at CASANZ 2013

21st International Clean Air and Environment Conference

A society of clean air… The biannual (that’s every two years, I checked!) CASANZ conference was held in September 2013. ‘Climate change’ was the general theme of this year’s conference. The conference was very well attended with rapid knowledge sharing through a wide range of presentations and discussion sessions. Topics of discussion included the mounting…

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