9th Air Quality Governance Lekgotla

Event date: 
2014-10-06 (All day) to 2014-10-08 (All day)

 

         
Introduction and background
 
Theme and messaging
 
Topics
 
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Introduction and background

 

The Lekgotla is an annual event that is aimed at providing a forum for coordination and capacity building in air quality management. The event also provides air quality officials from all spheres of government the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and to plan for the year ahead. Through this interaction and information-sharing, the Lekgotla also strengthens cooperation and collaboration between the three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) towards improved accountability.

The 2014, marks ten years since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39) of 2004 “AQA”. Since then, government has been implementing several programmes at the national and local level in an effort to improve the quality of air and protect the right of all in South African to air that is not harmful to their health and wellbeing. Hence, the 2014 Lekgotla will focus on the AQA implementation, looking at the highlights, successes and the areas that need improvement.
 
The topics will include Atmospheric Emission Licenses related issues such as the APPA - AQA transition, applications for postponement of compliance requirements, new AEL applications, the AEL Processing Fee and streamlining government ambient air quality monitoring initiatives, among others.
 

The theme

 

The Theme for this year’s Lekgotla is, “A Decade of Working Together to Defend the Right to Clean Air”, to mark ten years since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39) of 2004, or “AQA”. 

The 2014 focus

The 9th Air Quality Governance Lekgotla (2014) focuses on the implementation of the AQA and accompanying national legislative framework. The Lekgotla will pinpoint the highlights and successes as well as areas that need further improvement. Focus areas for deliberations will include unpacking the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Act (20) of 2014, Atmospheric Emission Licensing (new applications, processing fee, applications for postponement of compliance time-frames, etc.); compliance monitoring and enforcement, as well as streamlining government ambient air quality monitoring initiatives.

The Air Quality Governance Lekgotla will be followed by multi-stakeholder workshops on 08 October 2014, co-hosted with the National Association for Clean Air (NACA).

 

The topics

 

The topics for the workshop, include:

  • Feedback on the Atmospheric Emission License Processing Fee;
  • A Cost Benefit Analysis Study in the United States of America: Some Lessons for South Africa (International Speaker); and
  • Source Apportionment Studies in South Africa: Lessons for the Future. 

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