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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane, MP

16 August 2004

Australian business chooses Greenhouse Friendly™

BP's new LPG product, autogas, has today been officially certified Greenhouse Friendly by the Australian Government and is now available at 400 service stations across Australia.

To gain certification, BP had to demonstrate how all emissions from the production and use of autogas have been offset by other greenhouse gas reductions programs being conducted by the company.

Emissions will be offset by approved greenhouse gas reduction projects such as switching to less greenhouse intensive fuels and capturing methane from landfills. A full life cycle assessment of all greenhouse gas emissions associated with autogas was independently verified.

Greenhouse Friendly autogas is expected to generate abatement of approximately 50 000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. In 2003, total sales of BP's Greenhouse Friendly products are calculated to have abated 607 381 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

"Industry leaders like BP, who take the initiative to become involved in the Greenhouse Friendly program, are proving that a serious commitment to the environment is compatible with good business," said Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, and Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane.

"Companies offering Greenhouse Friendly products are committed to growing future profits in an environmentally sustainable way."

"Doing business and being environmentally responsible are not mutually exclusive. Big benefits can be gained from Greenhouse Friendly certification, including better environmental results, increased shareholder confidence and greater community goodwill."

Commonwealth of Australia