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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
19 September 2002
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp today showcased the future of more environmentally friendly car technology as he took delivery of a new Toyota Prius for ministerial use.
“With sales exceeding 100,000 worldwide, the Toyota Prius is one of the world’s first mass-produced hybrid petrol-electric vehicles and uses only half the petrol of an average car,” Dr Kemp said.
“The Toyota Prius produces only half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions of an average vehicle and this kind of hybrid technology provides an excellent opportunity for greenhouse abatement from the transport sector.
The Environment Minister encouraged Australians to follow his lead and look at environmentally friendly transport alternatives.
“Australians now have access to a broader range of fuel-efficient vehicles than ever before and I encourage all Australians to consider fuel efficiency as a factor when buying a new car,” Dr Kemp added.
“I commend Toyota and the broader car manufacturing industry for their innovation in the development of more environmentally friendly motor vehicles. I encourage the industry to continue to strive for cleaner, more efficient technologies.
“Hybrid electric vehicles are an excellent example of what can be achieved when environmental concerns are integrated into business decisions. The Environment and Heritage portfolio now owns four of the new Toyota Prius vehicles.
“There is an enormous potential for technological advances to make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and I encourage all industry to seek out and pursue cleaner production options”.
Senior Executive Vice President of Toyota, Mr John Conomos said “Toyota Australia and Toyota globally are taking environmental issues very seriously. It is important that governments do everything possible to encourage the consumer to consider environmentally friendly motoring as a desirable option when purchasing a vehicle”.
The Australian transport sector accounts for 76.3 million tonnes of Australia's total net greenhouse gas emissions, representing just over 14 per cent of Australia's total net emissions. Around 90 per cent of these emissions come from road transport, including cars, trucks and buses.
Photographs will be available at: http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/media/pictorial/index.html.
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400