Environment

Environment

Our Industry has an excellent record in safety and environmental issues and has worked with government to develop industry standards that lead the world.

Our Code of Environmental Practice is recognised nationally by the various State and Territory Governments and is used by other infrastructure industries as a guide to environment and heritage management during planning and construction.

APIA is working with industry to assist businesses to adapt to a carbon constrained future. Australian businesses are preparing to work within an emissions trading scheme and introduce measures to constrain carbon emissions.

Natural gas is a viable option for base-load energy generation in the transition to low-emissions technology for power generation. In this regard, natural gas is a “cleaner” alternative to coal and uses less water than does coal-fired power generation, and natural gas has proven efficient technology that is available to provide both base- and peak-load power generation.

In the longer term, natural gas should be a complementary source of power generation to renewable sources.

Natural gas transmission infrastructure is privately funded and therefore requires appropriate policies in order to provide incentives to build the infrastructure as well as develop domestic production facilities.

The household use of natural gas provides the potential for consumers to reduce the carbon ‘footprint’ of their homes by reducing the demand for electricity. Householders across the country should be encouraged to consider natural gas when building or renovating.

Compressed natural gas has been successfully used in bus fleets across Australia and is a significantly cleaner fuel than is diesel for public transport.

Technical

APIA’s members have worked closely with government to develop industry standards that lead the world.  The industry has an excellent record in safety and environmental issues.

The APIA Code of Environmental Practice is recognised nationally by the various State and Territory Governments and can be used by other infrastructure industries as a guide to environment and heritage management during planning and construction of long-distance projects.

Click here to view the CSIRO Hydrostatic test water as referred to in the APIA Code of Environmental Practice.

Climate Change

APIA’s members will play an important role as the nation moves towards a carbon-constrained future.

Natural gas is a viable option for base-load energy generation in the transition to lower-emissions technology for power generation. Briefly, natural gas in power generation has lower greenhouse gas emissions and uses less water than does coal. It is less expensive than renewable technologies and the supply and technology is available now. In the longer term, natural gas is considered a viable complementary source of power generation as a back-up fuel to renewable sources.

APIA is working with government as policies are developed to address carbon emission reduction, including in the development of plans for carbon capture transportation and storage of waste emissions

Last updated on 24 Oct 2013 by