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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
26 September 2000
From solar-powered cities to recycled furniture, the technology behind the Green Games was on show at Darling Harbour's Business Club Australia today.
Opening an environmental innovation presentation by 12 leading Australian companies, Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill called on governments and industry around the world to make the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games a catalyst for global change.
"The hundreds of thousands of spectators arriving at Olympic Park each day couldn't begin to imagine the work that went into making these Games the greenest, cleanest and most environmentally safe ever staged," he said.
"Today is a chance for international business visitors to see not only what was achieved at Homebush Bay, but also to learn why Australia's environment industry is one of Australia's fastest growing industry sectors, valued at more than $8.5 billion per year.
"Global expenditure in this sector is worth more than $500 billion per year - evidence that sustainability is not only essential for our long-term survival but it also makes good business sense."
Australia's innovative environmental capabilities include waste minimisation and transformation, wastewater treatment and re-use, stormwater management, energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, cleaner production, site remediation and sustainable construction.
Significant green Olympic achievements include:
Tuesday, September 26, 2000
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