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

18 September 2001

ECO-EFFICIENCY FOR VICTORIAN PROPERTY COUNCIL


The Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia today entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth to improve the environmental and economic performance of its members.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and the Chief Executive Officer of the Property Council of Australia, Mr Peter Verwer, signed the three-year Eco-Efficiency Agreement in Canberra today.

The Division is the 14th industry association to sign such an agreement, representing both a growing acceptance of eco-efficiency and an important step forward for the property sector.

"I congratulate Victoria's property industry on its commitment to improving its environmental performance with this Agreement," Senator Hill said.

"With buildings in Australia consuming 30 per cent of our raw materials and 42 per cent of our energy, and emitting 40 per cent of our air emissions, an eco-efficient property sector is vital to managing Australia's environmental impacts."

Through the Agreement, the division will promote eco-efficiency to council members, develop a model environmental management system for Victoria's property sector, collect benchmark information about the environmental activities of its members, and publish a landmark public environment report.

"The concept of eco-efficiency - doing more with less, creating both environmental and economic efficiencies, and improving business through improved environmental performance - is central to the development of sustainable industry in Australia," Senator Hill said.

"As market competition increases it is vital for Australian business to be leaders both environmentally and economically - the Property Council is taking an important step in this direction."

Other associations to have signed Eco-Efficiency Agreements include the Housing Industry Association, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the National Association for Crop Production and Animal Health, the National and State Chambers of Commerce, and the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia.

September 18, 2001

Contact:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

Commonwealth of Australia