The Emissions Reduction Fund and the Clean Air Plan

Department of the Environment, 2014

The Emissions Reduction Fund is one aspect of the Australian Government’s ‘Plan for a Cleaner Environment’. That plan focuses on direct and practical measures to deliver clean air, clean land, clean water and heritage protection.

A plan for cleaner air

The Emissions Reduction Fund’s incentive-based approach will support a wide range of emission reduction projects across the economy such as revegetation, investing in soil carbon, cleaning up power stations, capturing gas from landfill and increased energy efficiency.

Many of these projects will lead to reductions in airborne pollutants that are responsible for a range of health and environmental problems in our community.

Particle and ozone pollution levels are of particular concern, with peak particulate matter levels frequently exceeding the current national air quality standard in most of Australia’s metropolitan areas.

A National Clean Air Agreement

To address these issues, Environment Ministers announced in April 2014 that they were working towards a National Clean Air Agreement by 1 July 2016.

The Agreement will reduce air pollution and improve air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level.

Work is focused on strengthening ambient air quality standards for particles and examining ways to reduce particle emissions from key sectors of the economy.

This work complements the emissions reductions that will be achieved under the Emissions Reduction Fund. It is also supported by other initiatives, such as a review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989, which will identify further opportunities to clean up our air.

More information

Details about the Clean Air Plan and the Emissions Reduction Fund are available at:

Note: While the Commonwealth has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy, correctness or completeness of the material, the Commonwealth does not guarantee, and accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of this material. Any references to the potential costs or benefits of undertaking an activity in accordance with an emissions reduction method are estimates only. This material is not a substitute for independent professional advice and entities should obtain professional advice suitable to their particular circumstances.