The Australian Government announced the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) as its sixth Clean Air Champion at the 22nd International Clean Air and Environment Conference in Melbourne today.
Clean Air Champions are a select group of representatives from industry, community and academia which help to raise awareness and knowledge of the National Clean Air Agreement and air quality issues through their own clean air activities.
The Clean Air Champions initiative supports work towards establishing a National Clean Air Agreement by bringing industry and communities together to support this important environmental objective.
Australia’s Federal and State Environment Ministers have all endorsed in-principle the National Clean Air Agreement and have committed to finalise the Agreement and its initial work plan by the end of 2015 – over six months ahead of schedule.
The Agreement will deliver actions to reduce air pollution and establish a new process for jurisdictions to work cooperatively to address emerging air quality issues, to ensure Australians continue to enjoy clean air into the future.
This Government is committed to reducing air pollution and improving air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level.
With their commitment to promoting clean air through advancement of knowledge and practical experience of air quality science and management, I am delighted CASANZ have agreed to become a Clean Air Champion.
It is fitting to announce CASANZ as the latest Clean Air Champion at its 22nd International Clean Air & Environment Conference. This conference demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborative discussion between governments, business, science and the community.
Other Clean Air Champions include the Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Mr Gary Fooks from the outdoor power equipment and outboard motor industry, Professor Peter Rayner, leader of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and Helen and John Taylor, holders of 46 fuel economy or efficiency world records.
For more information on the National Clean Air Agreement and the Clean Air Champions initiative go to www.environment.gov.au/protection/air-quality/clean-air-champions