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CRC CARE delivers economic, environmental and community benefits for Australia

Date: 14 October 2019
Category: News, Press releases,2019

Since its creation in 2005, the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has consistently provided a unique resource to Australia that has delivered enormous economic and environmental benefits to the nation’s key growth industries, communities, governments, small and medium enterprises, and regulatory agencies.

A recent independent economic impact analysis, conducted by Consulting & Implementing Services (CIS), has confirmed that the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has provided an impressive return on the investment made by the Australian Government via the CRC Program and the CRC’s 29 research and industry participants.

Key points:

  • More than $5.4 billion of economic benefit to Australia since CRC CARE launched in 2005.
  • Nearly $9 return on every dollar invested by government and industry
  • As a national leader in PFAS management, CRC CARE has developed technologies for analysing and cleaning up PFAS contamination, and best-practice strategies for managing PFAS-contaminated sites
  • CRC CARE’s health screening levels for petroleum hydrocarbon – which have been incorporated into national legislation and adopted by all regulators nationally – have provided a $1.3 billion (and growing) benefit to industry and government
  • Innovative remediation technologies developed by CRC CARE (including matCARE™, astkCARE™, leadCARE™, pfasCARE™ and pooCARE™) are expected to generate for industry and government cumulative benefits of over $950 million through to 2026
  • The CRC’s National Remediation Framework will drive savings across the remediation sector that are forecast to deliver a minimum 5% reduction in total costs, amounting to more than $200 million through to 2026
  • CRC CARE has driven substantial improvements in the level of skilled workforce available to service Australia’s remediation and contamination needs across industries of national importance, and has significantly advanced remediation research capacity in the public sector.

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