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Air quality is important to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Most air pollution comes from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
Guidance for business and industry, including licensing, works approvals and planning.
Information about the fees and charges levied by EPA.
EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
The process to submit complaints about the conduct of an EPA authorised officer.
As with other air quality management requirements, the State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management) requires that generators of greenhouse gas emissions:
Detailed requirements are outlined under the Protocol for environmental management (Greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in industry (publication 824) and include:
The Climate Change Act 2010 (CC Act) was passed by the Victorian Parliament in September 2010 and came into effect on 1 July 2011. It is available at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.
Under the requirements of section 14 of the CC Act, EPA must consider climate change in works approval and licensing decisions, as well as when recommending new or amended state environment protection policies and waste management policies.
The duty does not alter EPA’s existing powers and obligations as set out in the EP Act. Rather, it requires the consideration of additional matters when making the relevant decisions.
When making decisions relating to works approvals and licences, EPA must consider climate change in the following two ways in accordance with the requirements of section 14 of the CC Act.
Applicants should refer to the updated Works approval guidelines for further information.
Information about the recent CC Act Review is available from the Victorian Government Climate Change website. The requirements of section 14 remain in place.
Page last updated on 18 Feb 2013