Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
Tabled paper 1729
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 12 E X E C U T IV E O FF IC E R S R E PO R T GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE Environment Protection and Heritage Standing Committee incorporating NEPC Committee Heads of Agencies Environment Protection and Heritage Council incorporating National Environment Protection Council Ministers Council of Australian Governments All jurisdictions NEPC Audit Committee NEPC Service Corporation / NEPC Executive Officer EPHC AND NEPC ACHIEVEMENTS Performance report on Council-agreed priorities and legislative responsibilities During 201011, Council met twice in 2010, in Darwin in July and Sydney in November. Standing Committee met twice (Adelaide in September 2010 and Melbourne in May 2011) and held two teleconferences (December and April). Standing Committee oversaw the planning and implementation of Councils strategic priorities as outlined in the Strategic Plan 201014. Although transition arrangements altered the agreed course of action for some priorities, much work was completed during the reporting year, with progress made on NEPM variations and other work projects. In accordance with Councils agreement on National Waste Policy priorities, the framework legislation for product stewardship to enable the development of an extended producer responsibility scheme for televisions and computers and arrangements for end-of-life tyres was well advanced, and a streamlined Australian Packaging Covenant agreed. A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was also initiated to address resource efficiencies, environmental impacts, and reduction of litter from packaging wastes, including beverage containers. Much work went into the variation of the Movement of Controlled Waste NEPM, to provide greater clarity and certainty to industry. It will also reduce the regulatory burden on industry. COAG considered a number of options for the establishment of the proposed Environmental Chemicals Bureau and related projects for environmental labelling of chemicals and a performance framework for the monitoring of chemicals in the environment. Council has been progressing this important work. In the light of the expected increase in wind farm development in coming years, the Council prepared a draft set of wind farm guidelines which outlined best practice for industry and planning authorities in areas including heritage, threatened species, and turbine noise. Released in July 2010, the guidelines underwent a 12 month consultation phase with relevant stakeholders and are a valuable reference document for industry and planning authorities. Councils endorsement of the development of a new methodology for improving air quality, which integrates pollution and exposure reduction measures, health benefits and air quality standard setting, to provide maximum benefits to the Australian community at a minimum cost. Ministers also approved the development of a package of national emission reduction actions for wood heaters, small engines and garden equipment, non-road diesel engines, and surface coatings including paints and solvents. A minor variation to the Air Toxics NEPM to enable greater flexibility in monitoring and assessing air toxics in Australia was also initiated.
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