Environmental Management

The industry takes responsibility for managing the environment. 

Environmental management can be improved through the adoption of regulatory frameworks that are:

  • Proportionate and risk-based
  • Not retrospective 
  • Consistent application 
  • Sound linkages with the planning system
  • No perverse environmental outcomes or negative unintended consequences
  • Competent, credible and accountable decision-making bodies
  • Provides incentives and rewards good environmental practices
  • Scientifically rigorous
  • Equitable, obtainable and effective offsets 

The industry is committed to work with governments and communities to protect the environment and minimise our environmental impacts.

 
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Dec 11, 2021 – Cement and quarry sites regularly report on their emissions through NPI. The system however required improvement, as it provides inaccurate data that does not capture all pollutants in an area.
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Dec 2, 2021 – CCAA has engaged extensively in the review of Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008. We consulted widely with member companies and other industry associations before preparing a submission into the review and draft bill.
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Nov 5, 2021 – CCAA welcomes efforts by Government to provide clear guidance on complex regulatory issues that help to improve clarity for both industry and the regulator, especially in the complex and highly technical area of dust.
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Oct 28, 2021 – CCAA is supportive of the Department aiming to adopt modern approaches and support new regulator model practices.
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Oct 25, 2021 – CCAA recognises the importance of a robust native vegetation policy contributing to improved biodiversity outcomes and looks forward to these outcomes at their operational sites being recognised.
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Oct 22, 2021 – CCAA does not support the draft pricing model as the proposed costs are extreme, creating a barrier to entry for proponents, would unfairly burden the basic raw material (BRM) industry and may well result in poorer environmental outcomes.
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Oct 12, 2021 – CCAA strongly supports any attempt to streamline the approval process through a risk based regulatory approach. However, CCAA expects there to be only limited benefit to industry within the current parameters.
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Sep 10, 2021 – CCAA welcomes efforts by Government to provide clear guidance on complex regulatory issues, especially in the complex and highly technical area of noise. Greater clarity in the criteria used to assess noise impact on amenity is required.
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Aug 31, 2021 – CCAA puts forward a range of recommendations to deliver a more strategic and flexible offsets scheme that improves biodiversity outcomes across NSW.
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Jul 30, 2021 – CCAA welcomes efforts by Govt to provide clear guidance on complex regulatory issues that help to improve clarity for both industry and the regulator however additional material needs to be included in this draft Guideline to achieve this aim.
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Jun 29, 2021 – Our sector remains concerned that the employment zones reform process, whether inadvertently or by design, may lead to incompatible development and encroachment upon existing concrete batch plant sites.
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Apr 23, 2021 – CCAA believe that opportunities exist to improve air quality outcomes with refinements to the POEO Clean Air Regulation, so long as these refinements are reasonable, balanced & obtainable.
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Feb 1, 2021 – CCAA supports a risk-based rehabilitation regime that is consistent with the impacts of the operation that balances positive environmental and community outcomes with operational and commercial realities.
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Dec 18, 2020 – The proposed framework is positive and will provide greater certainty around the use of waste derived materials, but additional refinements will increase the likelihood that the promised environmental and commercial benefits will be delivered.
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Nov 25, 2020 – CCAA supports the establishment of a commercially viable circular economy where the regulatory barriers to reuse/recycle material are removed and the system incentivizes innovation and the commercial application of previously classified waste streams
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Jul 15, 2020 – CCAA supports the establishment of a commercially viable circular economy where the incentive to recycle material by the removal of regulatory barriers is supported at the right time b the application of appropriate waste levies.
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Apr 17, 2020 – Our submission makes seven recommendations which aim to streamline and simplify how the Act operates and interacts with state/territory legislations. while maintaining a balanced approach for the environment and biodiversity.
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Jan 29, 2020 – This submission provides additional comment on the overall provisions of the Draft SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy following CCAA's submission dated 18 December 2019.
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Dec 18, 2019 – CCAA raised eight of concerns regarding the mapping. In reviewing the mapping for quarry sites, the mapping appears significantly incorrect with extensive areas of quarry, infrastructure and water bodies mapped as Koala Habitat areas.
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Dec 6, 2019 – CCAA provides a submission, supportive of efforts to improve waste and resource management and increase recycling in the state and taking an integrated approach under a circular economy policy regime to this issue.
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Dec 4, 2019 – CCAA WA recommends that there should be no extraction volume limit for small BRM mining proposals and mine closure plans, they should only be defined by environmental risk considerations.
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Oct 31, 2019 – CCAA welcomes the positive engagement to date with the EPA. This submission covers recommendations on - concrete waste, permissioning, declaration of use, waste classifications, noise and education.
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Sep 2, 2019 – CCAA members are committed to responsible recycling and new legislation needs to recognise that recycled products produced by the extractive and concrete industries are generally benign and should be exempt from Waste Legislation.
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Aug 23, 2019 – CCAA is supportive of efforts to improve waste and resource management and increase recycling in the state and taking an integrated approach to this issue. However, in regards to the draft paper CCAA members have provided feedback as outlined.
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Aug 8, 2019 – This CCAA submission recommend that DWER’s approach to regulatory reform should be refocused onto the removal of barriers to recycling as opposed to the application of levies.