Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council
Tabled paper 1225
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further change in processes in the short to medium term. Some facilities continue to find the cost of the reporting requirements problematic. Facility emission reports NSW NPI reporters increased again in the 2001-02 reporting year: 627 NSW facilities reported, up from 461 reporters in the previous year; Each facility reported an average o f 9.5 substances; 79 o f the 90 NPI substances were reported against; 190 new facilities reported, with 49 of the 2000-01 reporters not reporting in 2001-02; 371 facilities provided reporting costs with an average cost o f $3 000 per facility. This is reduced from $3 780 in the 2000-01 reporting year. NPI database and website The NSW database continued to operate effectively, with it being able to receive and transfer all 2001-02 reported information. The upgraded mapping facility on the NPI website has been well received. However, the limited presentation of aggregated water emissions data means that website users are unable to utilise the full range of data available. Industry handbooks NSW has provided ongoing comments towards the revision o f the NPI manuals. A number o f facilities continue to receive approval to use alternative emission estimation techniques based on site-specific data and engineering calculations. NSW facilities also use load calculation methodologies allowed under the NSW Load-Based Licensing program to calculate emissions for equivalent substances under the NPI. Education programs Technical advice and support, education and information about other aspects of the NPI database including advice on accessing the NPI database, the NSW regulatory requirements and the purpose of the NPI, continues to be provided to reporters, industry researchers, local government and students. Industry groups, local government and non-government organisations are regularly informed of NPI progress through EPA correspondence and briefings. There is good industry acceptance and compliance with NPI reporting requirements in NSW. The majority of reporters are demonstrating a better understanding of reporting requirements and submitting reports with improved accuracy. Anecdotal evidence suggests that academics and researchers in NSW are using the NPI data for modelling and/or other studies; the financial sector is using it to develop investment proposals (especially the socially responsible (SRI) fund managers) and/or considering its use for insurance issues; and companies are using it as part o f environmental auditing and corporate environmental reporting programs. The NPI regulation provides the EPA with an effective mechanism to implement the mandatory NEPM requirements such as the need to lodge timely reports and to keep and produce records. This regulatory mechanism, combined with the stability achieved through the Memorandum o f Understanding, means that NSW expects to continue to provide high quality and useful NPI data. PART 3 - A S S E S SM E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS_____________________________ The move to reporting against the 90 substances and the stability achieved under the three year Memorandum of Understanding has allowed a substantial body of robust data to be collected and published on the NPI website in January 2003. The dataset is now being used for more diverse purposes. Challenges remain in building links with related data, although the information sharing that can now be associated with the NPI database means that it is beginning to offer significant opportunities for industry, government and the community to improve environmental performance and focus regulatory efforts. PART 4 - REPORTING REQUIRED BY THE NEPM___________________________________ Reporting information is available on the National Pollutant Inventory website at <www.npi.gov.au>. Im plem entation sum m ary and evaluation 100 N a tio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro tec tio n C o u n cil a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3 http://www.npi.gov.au
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