FLUOROCYCLE – AN EXAMPLE OF INDUSTRY-GOVERNMENT COOPERATION
The FluoroCycle scheme is based on cooperation between industry and government.
Lighting Council Australia has been appointed as the FluoroCycle Administrator and is responsible for delivering the scheme.
FluoroCycle is sponsored by the Environment Protection and Heritage Council and supported by the Australian Government, which provided $600,000 over three years for the scheme’s implementation.
The Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts represents the interests of the Australian Government in the scheme. The Department chairs the Administrative Committee that was established by the Council to oversee the delivery of FluoroCycle.
The Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) of Australia and New Zealand was established in June 2001 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Its objective is to ensure the protection of the environment and heritage of Australia and New Zealand.
The EPHC addresses broad national policy issues relating to environmental protection, particularly in regard to air, water, and waste matters. It also addresses natural, Indigenous and historic heritage issues.
The members of the EPHC are Ministers, not necessarily environment Ministers, from participating jurisdictions (ie Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, the New Zealand Government, and the Papua New Guinea Government).
Lighting Council Australia was formed to represent Australia's lighting industry. Its key goal is to encourage the use of appropriately designed and manufactured high-quality lighting systems and components in the commercial, outdoor, industrial and residential sectors.
To achieve its goal, Lighting Council Australia:
- fosters and promotes an environment in which the importance of high-quality, low-environmental impact lighting is understood and appreciated
- represents the Australian lighting industry to policymakers and other key stakeholders
- influences international and Australian performance, safety and environmental standards relating to the lighting industry, and
- promotes the use of electrically safe lighting that complies with the relevant Australian and international standards.
The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts develops and implements national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's environment and heritage and to promote Australian arts and culture.
Matters dealt with by the Department include:
- Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity
- Air quality
- National fuel quality standards
- Land contamination
- Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
- Natural, built and movable cultural heritage
- Environmental research
- Water policy and resources
- Cultural affairs, including support for the arts
- Ionospheric prediction