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Environment Protection Authority

Infrastructure sector showcases best-practice reduction of diesel emissions

Media release: 17 June 2016

Government and private companies involved in infrastructure construction have shared their experiences in reducing harmful diesel emissions via a series of case studies published by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) this week.

The NSW EPA and Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) partnered to invite and impart best-practice approaches across the sector, with the aim of improving air quality for those who live and work near construction projects.

Mark Gifford, EPA Chief Environmental Regulator said “Diesel exhaust emissions can have major health impacts on workers and neighbours, so investing in programs and initiatives aimed at reducing these emissions is as important for industry as it is for the community.

“It’s about more efficient and better maintained equipment, fuel and cost savings, and improved environmental performance overall, but most importantly healthier people.

“Which is why the EPA is funding ISCA to develop a series of best practice case studies highlighting the benefits to industry and air quality in investing in technologies that reduce diesel emissions,” Mr Gifford said. 

Some of the initial case studies showcase actions undertaken by contractor CPB John Holland Dragados on the Sydney Metro Northwest project and strategies by Blacktown City Council and the Downer Group to reduce diesel emissions from their activities.

Actions undertaken by these companies have included procuring low emission equipment, retrofitting in service equipment with technology to reduce diesel emissions and providing driver awareness training.

ISCA’s Business and Technical Services Manager, Ainsley Simpson, said “ISCA believes that developing case studies highlighting best practice measures being implemented within the infrastructure industry will lead to greater uptake of cleaner diesel engines and emission reduction technologies.”

ISCA is continuing to seek further examples from companies who have experience in or are using innovative approaches to minimise diesel emissions from non-road equipment to use as future case studies. If your agency or company have experience in tackling diesel emissions from construction equipment further case studies are invited, please email air.policy@epa.nsw.gov.au to be involved.

The case studies can be viewed and downloaded from the EPA website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/air/nonroaddiesel-case-studies.htm

And the ISCA website http://isca.org.au/

Contact: EPA Public Affairs Section

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