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  • Environmental Management Systems Auditing Under the Government EMS program, all departments are required to have their EMS audited annually by an environmental auditor appointed under the Environment Protection Act 1970. The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability has committed to an annual strategic audit EMS of Victorian Government departments and agencies. For more information on this process and copies of previous audit reports, access the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria website. Environmen... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/environmental-management-systems Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • EPA Victoria’s greenhouse gas inventory In 2005, EPA achieved carbon neutrality and developed a step-by-step continuous improvement framework to manage its own greenhouse gas emissions, known as EPA’s Carbon Management Principles. EPA has taken the following steps to manage its own carbon footprint and demonstrate best-practice carbon neutrality: Measure EPA’s carbon footprint using the World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting an... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/greenhouse-gas-inventory Last updated on 24 Aug 2017
  • Carbon management at EPA Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. EPA believes it can also be one of the greatest opportunities. Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a way we can mitigate the impacts of our own operations and adjust to the impacts of climate change. In 2005, EPA went carbon neutral and developed a step-by-step continuous improvement framework to manage its own greenhouse gas emissions, known as our Carbon Management Principles. This was at a time when many organi... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/carbon-management-at-epa Last updated on 14 Apr 2014
  • EPA's management of waste Achievements How we manage and measure waste is of extreme importance to EPA — whether it is increasing the integrity of the waste data we receive, educating staff on avoiding, reducing and recycling waste, or working with our waste management providers to continually improve their services. Some of the achievements we have made in the last five years include: introducing organics recycling at all offices so that all kitchens have a three-way bin system, including commingled recycling... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/epas-management-of-waste Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • Energy use Building or stationary energy use is EPA’s biggest environmental impact and accounts for 69%of our overall emissions (based on our 2012-13 greenhouse gas inventory). Since 2005-06 EPA has reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with stationary energy use by 42%. This is mostly due to the commissioning of a tri-generation plant at our Carlton head office, which largely uses natural gas to generate electricity onsite. Natural gas has much lower emissions intensity than grid electricity a... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/energy-use Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • Monitoring the environment Latest air quality ... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment Last updated on 21 Sep 2017
  • Monitoring Port Phillip Bay Baywide water quality monitoring program EPA has been monitoring water quality in Port Phillip Bay at six sites for over 30 years. This monitoring program was expanded for the duration of the Channel Deepening Project and continued, following its completion, from 2008 to 2011. The expanded monitoring program included monthly samples at 11 sites across the bay and a wider range of parameters was tested for, including lead, mercury, arsenic and phytoplankton species. To minimise the environmen... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/monitoring-port-phillip-bay Last updated on 22 Jun 2016
  • Yarra Watch Yarra Watch, run by EPA and Melbourne Water, is currently being redeveloped as part of the Victorian Government’s A cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Action Plan to improve key water quality monitoring programs. The existing program ended in mid-October and will return in December 2013, aligning with EPA’s Beach Report to become a summer program targeting peak recreational use. Yarra Watch in its new form will provide up-to-date information to the general public by devel... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/yarra-watch Last updated on 27 Sep 2017
  • Closure of Hazelwood mine and power station The Hazelwood mine and power station in the Latrobe Valley ceased operations on 31 March 2017, but EPA will have involvement at the site for many years to come. EPA currently licenses environmental discharges from the Hazelwood power station and will regulate the environmental aspects of decommissioning, remediation and water discharges from the cooling pond and site. The site operator, ENGIE, must comply with the Environment Protection Act 1970 and EPA-issued statutory notices that outlin... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/hazelwood-closure Last updated on 19 Jun 2017
  • Hazelwood recovery effort The Hazelwood mine fire was officially declared safe on 25 March 2014 by the Fire Services Commissioner. In accordance with the Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) responsibilities as the State of Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA monitored and analysed the air, soil and water in order to detect any potential environmental issues related to the fire. The results from the air monitoring were provided to the Department of Health and Human Services to assess potent... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/hazelwood-recovery-effort Last updated on 11 Aug 2016

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