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Joint Media Statement
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Convenor, Ministerial Group on climate change
The Hon. Pete Hodgson

4 November 2004

Trans-Tasman partners find new ways to respond to climate change


Seven projects have been announced today under the Australia-New Zealand Bilateral Climate Change Partnership. The new projects create more opportunities for Australia and New Zealand to work together to respond to climate change.

The Partnership, formally announced by the New Zealand and Australian Governments in July 2003, focuses on concrete and practical ways to address climate change.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the Climate Change Partnership was enabling New Zealand and Australia to work closely together on climate change.

"We are already seeing progress on the first round of projects. The projects we are announcing today will build on this work and importantly include initiatives involving our Pacific neighbours," he said.

The seven partnership projects involve measuring and abating methane from livestock and nitrous oxide from agriculture; working with developed countries on adaptation strategies; extending the Australian-New Zealand end-use energy efficiency scheme to Fiji; and promoting efforts to improve climate observations for Pacific Island countries.

These new projects will lead to:

Convenor of New Zealand's Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson said climate change was a reality and the issue was taken very seriously by both New Zealand and Australia.

"The Partnership is proving to be effective in furthering our shared objectives and expertise and in encouraging related business opportunities on both sides of the Tasman," Pete Hodgson said.

Previous projects under the bilateral relationship have already led to opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and engage business on climate change.

For example, Australia and New Zealand are establishing networks between local councils to strengthen their responses to climate change. New Zealand recently introduced the Communities for Climate Protection programme. In doing so it has benefited from six years of experience with the programme in Australia.

Climate Change and Business: The Australia-New Zealand Conference and Trade Expo 2004, being held in Auckland on 4 and 5 November 2004, is jointly sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Governments under the partnership. This event provides an opportunity for business to showcase greenhouse technologies and expertise.

Further information on The Australia-New Zealand Conference and Trade Expo 2004 can be found at www.climateandbusiness.com

Further information on the new projects is attached.


Australia-New Zealand Climate Change Partnership - New Projects

Workshop on adaptation and international best practice in developed countries
A workshop for government advisers, scientists and stakeholders from developed countries to discuss current efforts and future options to adapt to the effects of climate change. Held in Wellington, 11 - 13 October 2004.

Australia: John Higgins, Australian Greenhouse Office, +61 2 6274 2209
New Zealand: Andy Reisinger, New Zealand Climate Change Office, +64 4 916 7600

Measurement and abatement of methane emissions from livestock management
A project to expand trans-Tasman work on the measurement and abatement of methane emissions from livestock - a major source of greenhouse gases in both countries.

Australia: Dr David Ugalde, Australian Greenhouse Office, +61 3 6274 2421
New Zealand: Dr Gerald Rys, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, +64 4 4989841

Abatement of nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture and managed land systems
A project to collaborate on establishing accurate and reliable measurement techniques for nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture and managed land systems, and developing and promoting adoption of best management practices and technologies.

Australia: Dr David Ugalde, Australian Greenhouse Office, +61 3 6274 2421
New Zealand: Dr Gerald Rys, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, +64 4 4989941

Calorimeter Calibration of sulphur hexafluoride (SF 6 ) Tracer Technique
A project to compare the two major methods of measuring livestock methane emissions for compiling national greenhouse gas inventories, and evaluating the effectiveness of abatement technologies and practices. This Victoria-based project will compare measurements from respiration chambers and the SF 6 tracer measurement technique.

Australia: Dr Chris Grainger, Primary Industries Research Victoria, +61 2 5624 2222
New Zealand: Dr Harry Clark, AgResearch Ltd, +64 6 351 8111

Common Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Programme
A project to extend into Fiji the Australian and New Zealand energy efficiency standards and labelling scheme for nominated consumer appliances and equipment; in collaboration with the South Pacific Applied Geosciences Commission.

Australia: Shane Holt, Australian Greenhouse Office, +61 2 6274 1825
New Zealand: Robert Tromop, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, +64 470 2213

Side-event at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 10) on Global Climate Observation System implementation in the Pacific
This project involves Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Pacific Island partners highlighting the benefits of comprehensive climate observations for both short-term decision making and capacity building to understand and deal with climate change in the Pacific region.

Australia: Bruce Stewart, Bureau of Meteorology, +61 3 9669 4179
New Zealand: Howard Larsen, Climate Change Office, +64 4 916 7600
United States: Howard Diamond, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, +1 301 713 1283

Facilitating preparation of the Australia-New Zealand chapter for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report
This project will enable Australian and New Zealand authors to coordinate their efforts in preparing the Australia-New Zealand chapter of Working Group II's contribution to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report by supporting authors to meet and exchange views.

Australia: Paul Holper, CSIRO, +61 3 9239 4661
New Zealand: Dr. David Wratt, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, + 64 4 386 0588

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