Engaging stakeholders in air pollution research - Participatory assessment of mitigation measures

Amanda Keogh*, Peter F. Nelson

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    Abstract

    This paper outlines findings from a participatory research project, which assessed how effectively pollutant mitigation measures address the sustainability impacts of emissions from coal-fired electricity generation. The scope of this project was NOx, SOx, Particulate Matter and mercury emissions, their impact and their management, with particular reference to the Hunter Valley and the Newcastle region of Australia. This research assessed a range of pollutant impact mitigation measures in collaboration with government, industry and community stakeholders. It inquired into: Current and projected levels of pollutant emissions in NSW; Environmental and social impacts from those emissions; Potential mitigation strategies and their costs and benefits; and Gauged which strategies are most effective and most acceptable to stakeholders from industry, government and non-government groups. Although Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is commonly used in this field, it has notable flaws, especially in the conversion of complex sustainability considerations into monetary units. Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) was chosen instead, as a more progressive multi-disciplinary approach, which can assess a variety of options, on a quantitative and qualitative basis. This project examined the principle that active stakeholder engagement in research contributes to improved policy development, corporate strategy formulation and creates an informed community and NGO outlook. The dialogue enabled by this research process may also spin-off other important sustainability outcomes such as partnership development and a shared understanding of multiple stakeholder perspectives. This presentation will explore those outcomes as well as the research output - an assessment of impact mitigation measures for pollutant emissions from coal-fired electricity generation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProc. 14th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) World Congress 2007, 18th Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) Conf.
    EditorsD. Doley
    Place of PublicationBrisbane
    PublisherIUAPPA ; CASANZ
    ISBN (Print)9780975757161
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventProc. 14th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) World Congress 2007, 18th Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) Conf. - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Duration: 9 Sep 200713 Sep 2007

    Other

    OtherProc. 14th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) World Congress 2007, 18th Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) Conf.
    CountryAustralia
    CityBrisbane, QLD
    Period9/09/0713/09/07

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