It is EPA's responsibility to work with facilities, industry groups and all other stakeholders to ensure that information that is reported through the NPI database is communicated effectively to all parties.
EPA runs annual industry workshops to help industries understand their reporting requirements. We also undertake compliance activities to ensure that facilities report correctly and on time.
The NPI is one way in which EPA promotes continuous environmental improvement. The public nature of the NPI database means companies are placed in the spotlight, side by side with others in their field, encouraging companies to look for better ways of going about their business. Businesses that focus on minimising the environmental implication of their products, will generate financial savings for their company (less waste means less wasted money) and may also assist in building industry and community relationships.
EPA believes that the NPI provides a resource that can be used in schools to make a difference to the way the next generation strives for a better environment, in which to live. We hope that over time the NPI becomes another tool to influence behavioural change in our society, where people think more about the environmental impacts of decisions they make such as how they get to work, go to the local shop or what products they buy.