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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

23 August 2002

Australian Wine Industry Leaders in Environmental Management


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today signed an Eco-Efficiency Agreement with the South Australian Wine and Brandy Industry Association (SAWB) and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA).

Funding of $100,000 from the Howard Government and $290,000 from SAWB will support the Agreement, the first of its kind with the winemaking industry.

Dr Kemp said that Eco-Efficiency Agreements are an important example of how the Howard Government is working in partnership with industry associations to develop more efficient and sustainable business practices. The Agreements are also encouraging the more efficient use of environmental resources in the delivery of products and services.

“By reducing environmental impacts and cutting waste, business operators can improve their productivity, adding even more value to the $1.5 billion South Australian wine industry,” Dr Kemp said.

“This industry is already making great strides. Winemakers such as Southcorp, BRL Hardy, Orlando Wyndham and Beringer Blass have developed environmental management systems that have led to greater separation of wastes and a reduction of waste disposal costs.

“Today’s signing of the Eco-Efficiency Agreement and the industry’s launch of their National Environment Strategy yesterday, marks SA Wine and Brandy and the Winemakers Federation of Australia as leaders in working to deliver improved environmental solutions,” Dr Kemp said.

“Eco-Efficiency Agreements not only benefit our environment, but also the corporate bottom line. For example, Bordex Wine Racks made an outlay of $64,300 for a new induction oven, which led to a reduction in energy consumption of about 60 per cent, and a saving of $30,000 annually.

Under the Eco-Efficiency Agreement signed today, SAWB and the WFA will:

“This type of activity provides a vital foundation to improving the efficiency of the industry,” Dr Kemp said.

“I encourage every winemaker to get involved in the eco-efficiency initiative and realise the long-term profitability benefits that are possible through environmental sustainability.

SAWB and the WFA are the twenty-fourth industry groups to sign an Eco-Efficiency Agreement, with Agreements now covering more than 350,000 companies across Australia.

For further information on Eco-Efficiency Agreements, please visit the Environment Australia website at: www.ea.gov.au/industry/eecp/agreements/index.html

Media contact:
Devena Wahlstrom (02) 6277 7640 or 0412 257 334

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