Air quality across the State stands to be improved as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has launched a State-first strategy to prevent air pollution.
Welcoming the Clean air for all Victorians Strategy, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio said the Strategy set clear, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to target air pollution and improve air quality over the next decade.
“The Strategy identifies practical ways that Victorian households, industry, business and transport can reduce pollution,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“The Strategy also raises awareness about the impact of air pollution on human health and the environment by encouraging Victorians to act through community education programs.”
She said that by world standards, air quality in Victoria was generally good, however some communities experienced worse air quality than others.
Launching its Strategy, DELWP said hard work needed to be done to maintain the State’s air quality, “especially as our population and economy grow and our climate becomes warmer and drier”.
“The Air Quality Strategy sets out how we will further reduce air pollution and tackle major pollution sources while we support communities, the economy and the environment,” DELWP said.
It said the Strategy had four objectives, to: Target the main causes of air pollution; Help vulnerable Victorians and support the broader community; Raise the bar on air quality information; and Ensure a clean air future.
DELWP’s 29-page Strategy can be accessed at this PS News link.