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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
5 April 2005
Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today launched a world-first, dual fuel, Caterpillar C15 engine with natural gas truck engine manufacturer, Clean Air Power.
Senator Campbell said the new heavy-duty engine, which runs on liquefied natural gas, would mean an eight per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
American company Clean Air Power developed the engine, with the help of $100,000 from the Australian Government, specifically for Australian conditions to power our road trains.
"This engine was developed to generate power, not pollution," Senator Campbell said.
"With Australia's vast area, our extensive road network is a cost-effective methods for moving goods around the country - but this should not come at the expense of the environment.
"The new technology used in this engine is a world first. Not only is it a cleaner and quieter engine, it will save eight per cent in greenhouse gas emissions and provide air quality advantages over an equivalent diesel engine," he said.
Transport accounts for about 79 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions in Australia each year, which is about 14 per cent of Australia's total emissions.
Senator Campbell said the volume of Australia's interstate road freight was projected to triple between 2000 and 2020 and that managing emissions from the transport sector was one of the significant challenges Australia faced.
Today's launch follows collaboration between several companies in Australia and the United States - Clean Air Power, Caterpillar, Westrac, Wesfarmers-Kleenheat and Sands Fridge Lines along with support from the Australian Government's Alternative Fuels Conversion Programme.
"The innovation of these organisations demonstrates that there are economically viable approaches to reducing emissions," he said.
"It's a great success story for Australian and American technology partnerships.
"The road ahead for the heavy duty transport sector is looking cleaner and sounding quieter."
For more information on the Alternative Fuels Conversion Programme visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/transport/afcp
For more information on Caterpillar's C15 LNG engine contact Rod Jones, (08) 9333 0584
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434