Air Quality of the residential-industrial interface

Air Quality Management at the Residential-Industrial Interface

Client: Brisbane City Council
Skills: Decision support systems and custom toolsDispersion Modelling
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date: 2012

In revising its City Plan, Brisbane City Council sought to make it simpler to consider complex air quality issues at the residential-industrial interface and maintain environmental protection through establishing default separation distances for industries.

Our investigation included the following stages:

  • Developing emissions inventories for industries administered by council in Brisbane
  • Identification of the key pollutants that drive impacts for different industries
  • Dispersion modelling to develop residential-industrial separation distances according to:
    1. Industry type
    2. Operational capacity or throughput
    3. Installed pollution control technology
  • Determination of industry specific maximum operating capacities or throughputs to assign businesses into low, medium and high impact zones.

Brisbane City Council was able to draw on the outcomes of this process in developing the City Plan as well as giving it the potential to streamline the approvals process.

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