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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
27 July 2001
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has welcomed landmark agreements committing Australia's chambers of commerce and industry to improve their environmental and economic performance.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member State and Territory Chambers today signed three-year eco-efficiency agreements with the Commonwealth.
"The national and collaborative nature of these agreements is a first, and will lead to the promotion of eco-efficiency to more than 300,000 businesses around the country," Senator Hill said.
"Eco-efficiency is essentially about doing more with less - using environmental resources more efficiently to deliver more products or services. It results in both improved environmental performance and increased profits for industry."
The Chamber is the peak council of Australian business associations. Its member State and Territory Chambers are the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Business Ltd, Business SA, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (Inc), Commerce Queensland, Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd & Victorian Employer's Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The total funding for the agreements will include a Commonwealth contribution of more than $660,000 with matching contributions from the Chambers. This money will be used to fund a range of activities including a survey to provide a snapshot of the environmental performance of Australian business.
"This is a new and important partnership, between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Commonwealth Government," Senator Hill said.
Twelve Eco-Efficiency Agreements have now been signed. The other industry associations to have agreements with the Commonwealth include the Housing Industry Association, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and the National Association for Crop Production and Animal Health.
More information about the Eco-Efficiency Agreements with State and Territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry is attached. Further information regarding eco-efficiency agreements can be found at www.environment.gov.au/epg/environet/eecp/agreements/frontpage.html.
27 July, 2001
Media Contact: Belinda Huppatz 0419 258 364
Each of the State and Territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry will undertake a set of common activities under the agreements. These include:
The specific activities of each of the chambers are outlined below.
Contact: Andrew Tytherleigh - tel: 03 9668 9975
Contact: Micheal Carolin - tel: 02 9927 7434
Contact: Kathy Bowden - tel: 08 8300 0275
Contact: Martin Taylor - tel: 08 9365 7529
Contact: Julia Fortune - tel: 08 8936 3100
Contact: Ian McDonald - tel: 07 3842 2258
Contact: Alf Hohmann - tel: 03 9251 4372
Contact: Jill Bailey - tel: 02 6283 5200
Contact: Sonny Azzopardi - tel: 03 6234 5933