Good Practice Guide for the Assessment and Management of Air Pollution from Road Transport
TSIG has initiated development of a “Good Practice Guide for the Assessment and Management of Air Pollution from Road Transport”. The purpose of the Guide is to provide a standard and harmonised process for assessing air quality impacts from road transport emissions. The Guide is intended to be a fit-for-purpose document, developed to meet the needs of environmental regulators and road agencies/authorities in Australia and New Zealand.
The benefits of the project are:
- enhanced consistency across projects and jurisdictions
- reduced risk of projects being over or under scrutinised
- increased cost-efficiency, i.e. savings in time and resources previously spent developing and justifying assessment methods
- presentation of a transparent process
- clear communication of assessment procedures for regulators, proponents, community etc.
The scope is currently being refined from the following outline:
|Guidance framework||Provides a general background. Describes legislative/regulatory/policy frameworks. Provides an overview of the new guidance and the assessment processes.|
|Guidance method||Defines the steps in each method at a general level. Subsequent work packages and provides the specific details, data and tools.|
|Background air quality||Explains the importance of background air quality. Reviews existing methods for dealing with the background and develops a new standard approach for use in conjunction with the guidance.|
|Emission Modelling||Describes different types of emission models, specific models, applicability, inputs and outputs, and the pros and cons of each.|
|Meteorological modelling, dispersion modelling, and post-processing||Describes different types of meteorological and dispersion models, specific models, applicability, inputs and outputs, and the pros and cons of each.|
|Construction assessment||Describes construction issues and provides a standard method for construction assessment.|
|Air quality monitoring||Describes the role of monitoring in air quality assessment, reviews available techniques and provides guidance for road projects.|
|Mitigation||Describes the principles for defining air quality management during construction and operation and provides a catalogue of measures.|
|Reporting||Provides guidance on the approach to reporting and useful resources.|
The Guide will be prepared by technical specialists selected through a tender process. Project finances are provided by stakeholder organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
More detail on the Guide is contained in the Proposal: Development of a Good Practice Guide on the Assessment and Management of Air Pollution from Road Transport.
Management Steering Committee
A Management Steering Committee will be formed to oversee project delivery and contracts for development of the Guide. The committee will be a volunteer group, governed by a Terms of Reference.
Areas of operation include:
- Project management
- Timeline management
- Oversight of contractual arrangements with the funding partners
- Finance management, including invoice authorisation
- Tender management
Tasks conducted by this group will include:
- Developing and documenting a transparent and equitable tender process, including preparation/review of documents
- Review of tender submissions
- Consultation with the Technical Steering Committee
- Preparation/review of minutes
- Review of project financial statements on a quarterly basis
- Invoice approval
The committee will work closely with the CASANZ Training Manager to deliver this project.
The Management Steering Committee will not be available to individuals who intend to submit a tender to develop any of the work packages associated with the Guide.
Technical Steering Committee
The Technical Steering Committee will provide technical review to ensure the Guide is of a high standard and provides a robust technical approach. The Guideline must be appropriate and practical for CASANZ members, stakeholders and funding partners. A committee Terms of Reference will be developed when the group is formed.
Volunteer committee members will have a strong understanding of air quality impacts from road transport and the tools used to assess and manage these impacts.
Tasks undertaken by the committee may include:
- Review draft Guideline chapters
- Liaise with Australian and New Zealand regulatory agencies
- Liaise with the TSIG community
- Work in a team to provide written feedback
- Review final Guideline chapters
- Liaise with the Management Steering Committee
This project is financed by CASANZ TSIG funding partners:
- Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), SA
- Department of Transport, Victoria
- Main Roads, WA
- New Zealand Transport Agency
- Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), NSW
Jacinda Shen, CASANZ Training Manager: email