Latest Pollutant Data Released
30 March 2012
The latest data on emissions of pollutants from industry facilities across Australia were released by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities today.
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is a publicly accessible Australian Government database compiled in partnership with state and territory governments.
The NPI data reveal the top five pollutants emitted in 2010-11 were sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, particulates less than 10 micrometers and total volatile organic compounds, which include benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene.
The NPI database is a valuable source of information for the public and for state and territory governments about emissions of harmful substances on a geographical basis.
The Inventory helps raise public awareness about pollution issues and also provides the community with information about emissions in their local area. It is also an important tool to inform state and territory government decisions on regulating pollution.
The latest data provide estimates for the emissions of 93 substances that are released into the environment from over 4,200 sources. The substances included in the NPI have been identified as important because of their possible health and environmental effects.
NPI data are presented in a variety of ways on the NPI website that catered to different users of the data. This includes data at a local, state and national level as well as an interactive map and spreadsheets which can be downloaded for detailed analysis.
The NPI is in its thirteenth year of operation, and the data supplied by industry allow comparisons to be made between years, for individual companies and for industry sectors.
The Inventory data help governments to work with industry to reduce emissions and decrease waste.
For more information go to www.npi.gov.au
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