Good Practice Guide for the Assessment and Management of Air Pollution from Road Transport

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

Funding Partners

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

Project Contact

Jacinda Shen, CASANZ Training Manager: email