When we are exposed to air polluted with fine particles it can affect our health. In Aotearoa New Zealand the burning of wood and coal for home heating is the main source of air pollution from fine particles.
The Government sought feedback on its proposed amendments to some provisions of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality. The aim of the amendments is to better control the release of fine particles into our air.
The proposed amendments also include controls on mercury emissions. These would help us meet our obligations under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
The consultation closed on 31 July 2020.
What you told us
Thank you to all who made a submission. We received 118 submissions.
- We will continue working to refine the proposed amendments based on feedback and advice received.
- The amendments are likely to take effect in the second half of 2021.
Review the proposal
- Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: particulate matter and mercury emissions
- Summary document
- Kaupapa summary
- Regulatory Impact Statement – Amending the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality
- Regulatory Impact Statement – Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
- Air Quality Cost-Benefit Analysis – Update: Review of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality
- PM2.5 in New Zealand: Modelling the current (2018) levels of fine particulate air pollution
- Approval to release discussion document - Proposed amendments to National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Particulate matter and mercury emissions
- Solid fuel burner testing and standards to be considered within proposed amendments to National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (March 2020)
- Environmental reporting on air