NSW Clean Air Strategy to improve air quality and protect communities

The NSW Government today released its Clean Air Strategy 2021-30 aimed at improving air quality, reducing air emissions and protecting communities.

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Environment Minister James Griffin said the Strategy presents a whole-of-government approach to improve air quality and health for people who live and work in cities and regions across New South Wales.

‘Thanks to our comprehensive air quality monitoring network which includes 90 stations across the State, the NSW Government is committed to actively managing and reducing air pollution in New South Wales,’ Mr Griffin said.

‘Through our extensive monitoring network, robust regulatory and policy framework, we have achieved substantial air quality improvements over recent decades, and as a result, our State enjoys some of the best air quality in the world,’ he said.

‘The 2019–20 summer bushfires demonstrated how important clean air is for our health, and there is still work to be done to ensure communities across New South Wales are better protected from air pollution and breathing the cleanest air possible.

‘The NSW Clean Air Strategy sets out the five priority areas where the biggest gains can be made: better preparedness for pollution events, cleaner industry, cleaner transport, engines and fuels, healthier homes and better places.’

The Strategy builds on key NSW Government initiatives such as the Net Zero Plan, NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, NSW Electric Vehicles Strategy and the NSW Hydrogen Strategy.

The NSW Clean Air Strategy 2021–30 incorporates public submissions on the draft Clean Air Strategy released in March 2021.

‘The Strategy is strongly grounded in the health, scientific and economic evidence on where New South Wakes can achieve the greatest benefits. The NSW Government will continue building the knowledge and expertise to support air quality policies,’ Mr Griffin said.

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