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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

5 April 2002

Australian Greenhouse Office to Farewell Inaugural Chief Executive


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced that Ms Gwen Andrews, Chief Executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), intends to leave her position early in May. Ms Andrews is coming to the end of her second contract period as Chief Executive of the AGO.

"Ms Andrews led the establishment of the AGO and has been with the organisation for its first four years," Dr Kemp said. "She deserves a great deal of credit for the successful delivery of the range of programs that the Government has put in place to combat climate change. The AGO is known internationally for its ground-breaking work and Ms Andrews is widely recognised both nationally and internationally for her expertise in this area."

Dr Kemp said that achievements of the Office included the establishment of the world's first national market in renewable energy under the Government's Mandatory Renewable Energy Target, the implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program, progressing development of market mechanisms and establishing solid accounting procedures, especially in land clearing and forestry.

"Ms Andrews has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, having worked in portfolios including communications, finance and the environment. I want to thank her for her dedication and professionalism over the past four years, and I wish her well with future endeavours," Dr Kemp said.

Ms Andrews will be moving to London to pursue opportunities in the environmental field. "It has been greatly satisfying to participate in climate change work on behalf of the Australian government", she said. "In particular, I am pleased and proud to have been involved in the establishment of the Australian Greenhouse Office. I know that I leave behind me an organisation of dedicated professionals whose expertise in the area is world class."

Dr Kemp said that the Government's commitment to playing its part in combating climate change, evidenced by almost $1 billion of programs, will continue.

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