Update from the NZ Branch President

Update from the NZ Branch President

The year started with Air Quality being one of the hot topics around the BBQ this summer with the effects being felt from the Australian Bushfires. I had many discussions with family and friends around what the effects may be and what the fires may represent for the future.

To address these questions, a number of members were requested to provide commentary which gave our members an increased profile in the public space. With the fires now under control, I am sure the focus will shift to how to prevent these in the future and how to manage the potential effects. It is a timely reminder though, how external factors and climate change may impact on how we approach Air Quality management in the future and also gives opportunities for our community to provide leadership in communicating the health impacts and risks. CASANZ President, Francine Manansala prepared a summary report on The Australian 2019/2020 bushfires and air quality – a summary of expert views and analyses. For details click here.

The year started with Air Quality being one of the hot topics around the BBQ this summer with the effects being felt from the Australian Bushfires. I had many discussions with family and friends around what the effects may be and what the fires may represent for the future.

From a branch perspective, I am excited by the upcoming year with a wide range of training events and branch activities. We have a range of topics proposed which will give all members an opportunity to engage and discuss air quality issues with other members of the community. The initial programme is outlined below. These are also an opportunity to gain your CAQP CPD points.

With regards to CAQPs, we have a number of new CAQP, within the branch including, Brent Kennedy, Dylan Vernall and most recently Jason Pene. Congratulations to all new CAQPs.

As a final note, there are many opportunities to get involved including joining the branch committee, special interest groups and presenting at branch events. Have a look at the website or get in touch.

Branch activities 2020

MARCH: Australian Bushfires and Skycity Fire – What was the impact from these, and the broader response from the media
APRIL: Biomass burning SIG Workshop – Themes include: ultra-low emission burners, non-regulatory methods for reducing particulate from biomass burning and health impacts of woodsmoke including health impact assessments.
MAY: Data Management and the use R – case studies and discussion on the use of new data management tools
JULY: Odour management and regulation – updates on current experiences in managing and regulation.
SEPTEMBER: Climate change impacts and what they might mean for Air Quality
NOVEMBER: AGM and technical symposium

MfE have also released their proposed revisions to the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality. This proposes a new PM2.5 standard with associated changes along with new controls associated with mercury discharges. Submissions on the changes are currently open until 24 April, 2020. For more info https://www.mfe.govt.nz/air/air-consultations

Ngā Mihi | Kind regards,
Rob Van de Munckhof
NZ Branch President