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Environmental waste management equipment, systems and services

Industry Commission inquiry report

Signed 17 / 09 / 1993

The report contains the findings of the Industry Commission public inquiry, in response to a request from the Commonwealth Government, to examine the emerging trends in local and global markets for the industry, the current structure and competitiveness of the industry, the potential for further development of the industry and any measures which could be undertaken to remove impediments or overcome constraints to the efficiency, growth or export development of the industry, in ways that are consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development and efficient resources use in the economy.

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  • Contents

Cover, Copyright, Signing Page, Contents, Abbreviations, Terms of Reference, Overview, Findings and Recommendations

1 The Inquiry
1.1 Scope of the inquiry
1.2 The nature of the industry
1.3 Conduct of the inquiry
1.4 The Commission's approach
1.5 Structure of the report

2 The Global EWMESS Industry
2.1 Determinants of demand for EWMESS goods and services
2.2 Current and future market demand

3 Australia's EWMESS Industry and Markets
3.1 The Australian market
3.2 The Australian industry
3.3 Future demand and export potential

4 Competitiveness Issues
4.1 What is competitiveness?
4.2 Market perception of competitiveness
4.3 Areas of competitive advantage
4.4 Options for improving competitiveness
4.5 Summary

5 Environmental Policy Instruments
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory instruments
5.3 Economic instruments
5.4 Types of economic instruments
5.5 Summary

6 Environmental Regulation in Australia
6.1 Institutional framework

6.2 Reducing complexity and overlap
6.3 Uniformity of environmental criteria and standards
6.4 Using economic instruments to achieve environmental objectives
6.5 Improving monitoring and enforcement

7 Waste Pricing
7.1 Pricing of waste disposal to landfill
7.2 Other pricing reforms
7.3 Effects of pricing reform on the EWMESS industry

8 Government Procurement
8.1 Tendering issues
8.2 Procurement as a tool to foster industry development

9 Research and Development
9.1 Existing Commonwealth R&D support schemes
9.2 Are further EWMESS-specific R&D initiatives required?

10 Capital for Commercialisation
10.1 Problems raised by participants
10.2 Current initiatives
10.3 Does the EWMESS industry warrant special measures?
10.4 Other measures to facilitate commercialisation

11 Foreign Aid and Industry Development
11.1 Export opportunities for the EWMESS industry
11.2 Tied aid as an industry development mechanism

12 The Role of Government in Information Provision
12.1 Data availability
12.2 Recent initiatives
12.3 Proposed solutions

13 Environment Industries Council
13.1 Council proposal
13.2 Possible functions and operations
13.3 The Commission's view

A Information sources

B Australian environmental regulatory framework

C New waste management policies and legislation in the Federal Republic of Germany

D Solid and liquid waste management in Sweden

E The potential demand in selected Asian countries

F Assistance available to the EWMESS industry


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