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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

29 June 2000

POWER INDUSTRY GREEN LIGHT FOR GREENHOUSE CUTS


Environment Minister Robert Hill says Australia's greenhouse gas emissions will be dramatically reduced when new efficiency standards are introduced for power stations from July 1st.

Senator Hill said it's expected the new standards for fossil fuel generators will lead to a cut of about four million tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

"This achievement, the equivalent of taking over one million cars permanently off the road, would not have been possible without the co-operation of industry," Senator Hill said.

"It is also demonstrates the strong working relationship between the Commonwealth, and the State and Territory governments on these fundamental greenhouse issues through the Australian Greenhouse Office - the Federal Government's lead greenhouse agency."

The Generator Efficiency Standards (GES) follow two years of intensive work by a technical working group involving all elements of industry, government and energy users.

The move towards world's best practice performance in fossil fuel electricity generation is being achieved through legally binding, but voluntary, five-year agreements.

GES apply to both grid-connected and independent power producers.

Senator Hill pointed out that power station businesses had agreed under the GES to publicly report their progress in cutting emissions and moving towards the most efficient operation possible.

"I applaud the efforts of all involved in this venture which is so important for us in meeting our greenhouse gas emissions reductions under the Kyoto Accord," Senator Hill said.

29 June 2000

Media contacts:
Senator Hill's Office: Rod Bruem, (02) 6277 7649 mobile 0419 258 364
Australian Greenhouse Office: Carol Bartley (02) 6274 1859 mobile 0412 994 800

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