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NSW Clean Air Strategy

The draft NSW Clean Air Strategy presents the whole of NSW Government approach to improving air quality and protecting communities.

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The draft NSW Clean Air Strategy aims to support liveable communities, healthy environments and the NSW economy by reducing the adverse effects of air pollution on human health. Actions in the draft Strategy reflect the substantial and growing body of evidence on air pollution and its impacts and costs in New South Wales.

The draft NSW Clean Air Strategy was released for community and stakeholder consultation on 18 March 2021. The consultation closed on 23 April 2021.

The next steps are to provide the Minister for Energy and Environment with the final Strategy and the submissions report. NSW Government will then consider the final Strategy. Once approved, the final Strategy and documentation from public consultation will be published and stakeholders, including those who made a submission on the draft Strategy, will be notified.

Priority areas in the draft Strategy are:

  • better preparedness for pollution events: improve information and how it is communicated to help reduce health impacts of air pollution on NSW communities, including impacts from bushfires, hazard reduction burns and dust storms
  • cleaner industry: drive improved management of air emissions by industry
  • cleaner transport, engines and fuels: further reduce air emissions and impacts from vehicles, fuels and non-road diesel sources
  • healthier households: support reducing air emissions from household activities, with the main priority being wood heater emissions
  • better places: reduce impacts of air pollution on communities through better planning and design of places and buildings.

Please direct enquiries on the NSW Clean Air Strategy to Air.Policy@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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