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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Atmosphere

National Halon Bank

In 1992, the Prime Minister announced that the Department of Administrative Services' Centre for Environmental Management (DASCEM) would establish a National Halon Bank to collect, safely store, recycle and destroy Australia's excess halon. At the end of November 1995 the bank had collected over 850 tonnes of halon.

Officers of the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories are working closely with the DASCEM to ensure that a stock of halon is maintained for essential use purposes and that excess halon is destroyed in an environmentally responsible manner. The destruction of halon will commence in mid 1996 at a site in Victoria.

In October 1995 DASCEM received the 1995 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award in Washington DC.

The Department administers the Halon Essential Uses Panel which assesses proposals for new and continued use of halon fire systems where fire protection is critical and there are no suitable alternatives.