Air Quality

Extracting value from NPI data

Extracting value

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes So first we need good data… The three levels of government in Australia can pull industry in different directions with sometimes duplicated, overlapping and…

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How can NPI reporting help you save money?

NPI reporting small changes big difference

NPI reporting can seem tedious; however, diligent reporting can inform both environmental and financial outcomes of a company.  Katestone has provided NPI reporting assistance to clients over the years and has found that there are a variety of ways that NPI reporting can help a company. Saving money For one client, an increase in fuel…

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CASANZ Conference 2015: New Frontiers

CASANZ-2015

The Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) held its 22nd conference at The Pullman Hotel in Melbourne this year. Katestone’s consultants Natalie and Mick were on the scene! The Conference kicked off with a number of Special Interest Group workshops covering odour, dispersion modelling, measurement, traffic and risk assessment. These workshops provided…

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Air quality, odour and beer

air quality odour and beer

An evening of Beer Tasting @ Katestone The sense of smell is one of the fundamental senses in the enjoyment of life. Diane Ackerman wrote in her book A Natural History of the Senses: “Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant landmines, hidden under the weedy mass of many years and experiences. Hit a…

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Where it’s at: AAQ NEPM

image of clouds NEPM

On 29 April 2014, Australian Environment Ministers signalled their intention to vary the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) particle standards. To coincide with the consultation process, Katestone hosted a series of events in 2014 to help our clients understand the proposed changes to the AAQ NEPM particle standards. So what has been…

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NPI data – more than just a bunch of numbers

NPI data logo

Has a lack of data or unreliable analysis caused you to make a poor business decision? The three levels of government in Australia can pull your business in different directions with sometimes duplicated, overlapping and inconsistent environmental reporting requirements. These reporting requirements can seem unrelated to you achieving your business goals. However, it is possible…

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Peer review – a second opinion can save your project

person ticking checkboxes on a report with one hand, magnifying glass in the other

We were engaged to peer review the work of an international air quality consultant. On face value it all looked very professional. Latest models, high resolution, 3-D, temporal and spatial…blah, blah. However, the results of the assessment just didn’t ring true. The assessment predicted considerable impacts in the oddest of circumstances. So we dug into…

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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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