Over the last two years CIF members have increased the frequency and coverage of emissions monitoring including improved methodologies and specifications. These improvements are in line with strengthened licensing requirements that have increased minimum standards.
Since 2010 the Cement Industry Federation has been actively engaged with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water and Communities as they, on behalf of the Australian Government, consider participating in a global, legally binding agreement on mercury - currently being negotiated under the authority of the United Nations Environment Program.
In 2010 a mercury removal pilot plant being tested at the Waurn Ponds cement plant was showcased to a delegation of Chinese Government as well as Australian industry officials negotiating Australia's position on the proposed agreement.
Cement plants continue to operate under licence conditions that limit emissions of substances that are potentially harmful to people and the environment. These conditions have typically become more stringent over time.