Compare and Contrast Australian Government Policies Relating to Environmental Sustainability with Those of Another Country

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Compare and contrast Australian government policies relating to environmental sustainability with those of another country. “Sustainability is about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the potential for people in the future to meet their needs.” (LandLearn NSW 2009) Environmental sustainability is very important to all countries in the world because all humankind is reliant on the environment to live therefore it is necessary to make our own environment sustainable. “Governments around the world have realised that procurement is an important means of reducing their own environmental impacts and, more broadly, helping facilitate market creation for greener products and services.” (The Victorian Government 2006, 7) Two countries which are both developed countries yet with similarities and differences in their sustainability policies are Australia and Hong Kong. This essay will compare the Government policies of Australia and Hong Kong and identify the similarities in air pollution and home energy saving in relation to sustainability. Further, it will contrast the difference in sustainability policies in the area of the Kyoto Protocol membership in relation to climate change. Firstly, there are several similarities in the government sustainability policies of Australia and Hong Kong. The first is air pollution, one of the most serious problems in Australia and Hong Kong. Both the Australian Government (2009) and the Hong Kong Government (2010) have stated that air pollution is a major environmental concern. The Australian Government of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2009) seeks to protect and improve urban air quality through national action which can relate to the execution of relatable national standards and policies to decrease emissions of major air pollutants. This is because the major air pollutants in Australia are air toxics which include motor vehicle emissions, solid fuel combustion and industrial...
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