The quality of the air we breathe is important for our health and amenity and contributes to a liveable city. Air quality is currently of a high standard in Perth compared to other Australian and international cities. Poor air quality events are often associated with bushfires and dust storms.
There is an established scientific link between greenhouse gas emissions and the risk of climate change. The science is similarly clear that the warming climate will continue to impact on the State of Western Australia’s environment, as is already the case in the south-west.
The EPA considers two factors under the Air theme. The Air Quality factor supports the use of best practice measures to avoid or minimise the emission of pollutants from point sources and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions factor focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to minimise the risk of environmental harm associated with climate change.