2021 International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   This years’ theme to celebrate the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies is ‘Healthy Air, Healthy Planet”. As Katestone’s vision is Clear Skies for our clients and communities now and for future generations around the world, we thought we would delve into the real meaning…

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QLD’s EIS Generic Terms of Reference (ToR) amended to give more importance to Climate and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   The American Meteorological Association defines Climate Change as any systematic change in the long-term statistics of climate elements sustained over several decades or longer. The most obvious evidence of Climate Change in the world is undoubtedly the global warming, which is led by an increase in the…

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Does the Ambient Air Quality NEPM Update apply to your application?

On 15 April 2021, the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) approved the variation to the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure (AAQ NEPM or Air NEPM) standards for ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).  The variation tightens standards that have been in place for 23 years.   In 1998, the Air…

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When is odour sampling necessary or useful?

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   People don’t realise that odour is a very common environmental concern that is the subject of much research and environmental regulation. Whilst odours are not normally harmful to health, they can have a significant negative impact on a community.   Odour is inherent to some industries such…

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Are the zero emissions from electric vehicles really zero?

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   In Australia, more than 55% of NOx and 12.9% of PM2.5 emissions to air that are caused by human activities are due to motor vehicle traffic. Higher concentrations of these pollutants tend to occur in the morning and evening because peak traffic volumes can coincide with times…

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Air Quality and Meteorological Monitoring Gaining Ground for Approvals

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Approvals and environmental licenses now routinely include conditions requiring periodic or ongoing air quality and meteorological monitoring.  Air quality is commonly a key factor when it comes to the go-ahead of large developments in Australia.   Typically, air quality impact assessment studies are used to assess proposed…

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How can strategic planning be used to avoid air quality impacts?

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   A common misconception that can lead to intractable land-use conflicts is that air quality impacts do not occur beyond the boundary of a site.  Whilst this may seem like a naive assertion to those with experience in air quality issues, it is common and may stem from…

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Pros and cons for air quality of waste-to-energy

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Waste-to-Energy (WtE/W2E) or Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities have faced historical resistance. The potential of WtE as an alternative energy source is gaining momentum including the recent introduction of the Energy from Waste Policy in NSW.   W2E relies on a range of proven and emerging technologies that have…

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Examining climate change at regional, local, and site-specific levels

Climate Change is impacting Australia in many ways: bushfires, heatwaves, floods. But what does it mean for your location, your facility or your project? Christine Killip, Katestone’s Managing Director, will share some of the questions that our company has been asked over the years and explore the physical risk of climate change. Katestone has developed…

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I dream of #smellgoodcomposting

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Composting at home has received a lot of attention in the media recently. There are many reasons why composting is great: it’s a natural process, a sustainable way to treat organic waste and we can do it at home at very low cost with significant benefits to…

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Food for thought, manure to energy

How pig farms can benefit from on-farm anaerobic digestion to better manage odour Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Anaerobic digestion is a great source of renewable energy that is becoming an important part of the “circular economy” around the world. Livestock farms face several everyday challenges. Managing wastes is definitely one of…

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What can the NPI tell us about air pollution? – An overview of the 2018-19 NPI results

Written by Simon Welchman and Plistina Almeida   The 2018-19 results from the National Pollutant Inventory were released in April this year. This is the 21st annual dataset published by the program managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is an internet database that provides the…

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Ditching the dump: throwing waste management myths in the bin

Written by Simon Welchman and Plistina Almeida In line with our decade’s resolutions released in January this year, we believe it’s about time to have a closer look at our “Don’t Waste” objectives. Our goal as environmental scientists and engineers has always been to move towards the top of the Waste Hierarchy (Figure 1): avoidance and…

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CO, PM2.5 and NO2: which air pollutant best illustrates the effect of COVID-19 mobility restrictions on air quality

Written by Simon Welchman, Manning Young and Lisa Smith   Air pollution occurs when gases, liquids or solid particles exist in the air in sufficient quantities to adversely affect human comfort or health or cause environmental damage.  Some common air pollutants in urban areas are carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter…

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The Victoria Environment Protection Act (EPA) is changing 1 July 2021

Edit: The EPA Victoria issued a note stating that “Following a sitting of Parliament on Thursday 23 April, the legislation has been postponed and is intended to commence on 1 July 2021”.   These changes respond to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA. The Victorian Government proposes two phases of legislative reform to overhaul the Environment Protection Act…

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Mental Health Tips For Working From Home

Written by Tania Haigh We all want to continue being part of a team that delivers high-quality products, and to enjoy the process, regardless of where we are located.  There will be a number of changes we each need to adjust to if we begin working from home for more than a day or two. …

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Katestone’s New Decade Resolution

At Katestone, we are ready for the future! Here are some of our resolutions for the next decade. Join us in making positive changes for a better world! Clear Skies! Reduce Waste Waste less of the earth’s resources Waste less energy Waste less food Use our (and other peoples’!) time wisely Reuse, recycle and repurpose!…

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Katestone celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Last Friday, the 1st of November 2019, we celebrated Katestone’s 30th Anniversary with friends, customers, partners and previous employees at the Regatta Hotel. It was a very pleasant evening where we could celebrate 30 years of contributing to Clear Skies. Katestone’s Managing Director, Christine Killip, spoke of her many memories of working with our great…

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WRF – What is it? CASANZ Training Recap

WRF

In February 2019, Katestone’s Senior Consultant, Michael Burchill, attended a four-day training course on the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF). WRF is a prognostic model, which is why Katestone has been using it for years to forecast the weather. Katestone’s interest in WRF, however, is not only for forecasting the weather, but also to…

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Mining Project refused based on climate change – FACT CHECK?

Mine refusal

A recent judgment in the NSW Land and Environment court, regarding the refusal of a coal mine, garnered national and international attention as a landmark ruling in the fight against climate change. But was this really the reason the coal mine was rejected, we were curious and thought you might be too. Let’s take a…

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Our Journey with Power

Power Generation

How do you power your day? You might look at your long-finished cup of coffee or the half eaten toast on your desk – the items that keep your battery going – but what about the power that lights up your home and office, or charges the battery in your car that takes you to…

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What did you have to say about the NPI Review?

NPI Review

In June 2018, the NPI Review Steering Committee released a discussion paper inviting public comment to inform the review of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI), with submissions closing August 2018. Recently, the NPI published all the public submissions and we were interested in what people had to say, and thought you might be too. Let…

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Feedlot Fumes – The Importance of Odour in Feedlot Design

Cattle Feedlot

Odour is a critical risk to the development of a new cattle feedlot or the expansion of an existing feedlot. Poorly sited or operated feedlots have caused odour nuisance and, consequently, local government and communities may be concerned about new developments. Conversely, there are many feedlots operating throughout Australia that are well designed and managed,…

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Drinks with Kate – November 2020 Edition

Wednesday 25 November 2020 After a very long time without socializing, we were able to host our first face-to-face Drinks with Kate post-COVID19 this month.   A small, selected group of peers joined us for a discussion on the Electric Vehicles’ infrastructure. We have been closely watching how the roll-out of EV infrastructure in Australia…

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