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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane

1 April 2003

New Chief for Australian Greenhouse Office

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Mr Ian Macfarlane today announced Mr Howard Bamsey will be appointed the new Chief Executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office.

"I am very pleased to announce Mr Bamsey will take up this important leadership role. As Acting Chief Executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office, Mr Bamsey has demonstrated the energy, commitment and strategic skills that are essential in this very complex area," Dr Kemp said.

"Mr Bamsey has already led the Australian Greenhouse Office through a challenging and exciting period as the Howard Government develops its Climate Change Forward Strategy as announced last August," Mr Macfarlane said.

Under the Climate Change Forward Strategy, consultation between business, government of all levels, environmental organizations and the wider community is shaping the climate change action agenda. It will produce a long-term plan on a twenty to thirty year time horizon.

Mr Bamsey, with his distinguished international career history in leading Australian delegations on international environment issues, including climate change, is well placed to advance Australia's position.

The Australian Greenhouse Office will continue to fulfill its important role as the lead Commonwealth agency on greenhouse matters. Already, Australia is in the forefront of efforts by nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases with the Howard Government investing almost $1 billion on greenhouse response.

These national programs will deliver about 60 million tonnes annually in emissions reductions by the end of this decade. They will build on the Government's support for innovation in areas such as renewable energy and alternative fuels.

Australia is well positioned to meet the target agreed to at Kyoto of limiting greenhouse emissions to 108% of 1990 levels over the period 2008.

"Mr Bamsey will oversee implementation of the Government's agenda that will continue to develop and invest funding in programs to meet that target - to ensure Australia's future is both economically strong and environmentally sustainable," Dr Kemp said.

Media Contacts:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp) 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Kirsty Boazman (Minister Macfarlane) 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444

Mr Howard Bamsey - Recent Career Summary

Howard Bamsey has been Acting Chief Executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office since July 2002.

He joined Environment Australia as Deputy Secretary in 1997 where he was closely involved in pursuing the Department's extensive international agenda (including Climate Change and the World Summit on Sustainable Development) as well as heritage, Antarctic and some corporate matters. He oversaw the development and early implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Before joining Environment Australia, he had spent most of his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, specialising in corporate and trade matters and multilateral issues, including for a time as Australia's Senior Official at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation organisation).

In 1995, he was appointed Ambassador for the Environment as well as Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. As Ambassador for the Environment, he led Australian delegations in many negotiations on international environment issues, including in particular climate change. He was appointed Ambassador to The Netherlands towards the end of 1996, while remaining Ambassador for the Environment.

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