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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
20 August 2002
Major industry association leaders will meet with senior Government ministers in Canberra tomorrow to further develop Australia’s comprehensive greenhouse response.
Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, and Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, will chair the Climate Change Dialogue to begin the process of identifying and delivering long-term goals for business as it attempts to plan for greenhouse gas reductions over the next 20 to 30 years.
The Howard Government’s climate change response will ensure that Australia continues to cut greenhouse emissions while building a strong, competitive economy. Current policies will already reduce emissions to 111% of 1990 greenhouse emissions by the end of the decade, within striking distance of the 108% target agreed to under the Kyoto Protocol.
This is because the Howard Government is investing almost $1 billion on programs to combat greenhouse that will deliver about 60 million tonnes annually in emission reductions by the end of this decade; the equivalent of taking every passenger car in Australia off the road.
Discussions are also ongoing with the States in Ministerial Councils and at officials level and COAG is scheduled to discuss energy reform and greenhouse measures at its future meetings.
In addition, the Howard Government will consult with the National Environmental Consultative Forum on future greenhouse strategies.
As announced last Thursday, four elements will underpin the development of Australia’s forward climate change strategy:
A list of Dialogue attendees is attached.
Catherine Job Dr Kemp’s office (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Kirsty Boazman Mr Macfarlane’s office (02) 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444
Organisations Attending the Climate Change Dialogue as at 21 August 2002
|Australian Aluminium Council|
|Australian Bankers Association|
|Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry|
|Australian Coal Association|
|Australian Eco Generation Association|
|Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association|
|Australian Fluorocarbon Council|
|Australian Gas Association|
|Australian Industry Group|
|Australian Institute of Petroleum|
|Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating|
|Australian Liquified Petroleum Gas Association|
|Australian Paper Industry Council|
|Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association|
|Australian Trucking Association|
|Automobile Association of Australia|
|Business Council of Australia|
|Cement Industry Federation|
|Electricity Supply Association of Australia|
|Energy Users Association of Australia|
|Environment Business Australia|
|Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries|
|Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers|
|Insurance Council of Australia|
|Master Builders Australia|
|Minerals Council of Australia|
|National Association of Forest Industries|
|National Farmers Federation|
|Plantation Timber Association of Australia|
|Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association|
|Property Council of Australia|
|Renewable and Sustainable Energy Roundtable|
|The Association of Australian Ports and Marine Authorities|