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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

20 December 2006

Greenhouse emissions projections released


The annual 2006 greenhouse emissions projections released today show that Australia will achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next six years, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

“While meeting Australia’s emissions reduction target remains a challenge, we are tracking well and remain committed to reaching it,” Senator Campbell said.

The Tracking to the Kyoto Target report projects the levels of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2008-2012. It forecasts Australia’s emissions to be 109 per cent of 1990 levels by 2008-2012.

Australia is committed to achieving an emissions target of 108 percent of 1990 levels by 2008-2012 and the report shows we are within 1 percent of meeting that target.

“Historically, Australia’s emissions projections have moved around. The estimates are influenced heavily by the rate of economic growth, the global demand for resources and domestic circumstances such as drought.

“For example, in 2002 and 2003, Australia was projected to be 3 percent and 2 percent above the 108 percent target respectively but with emissions reduction measures put in place was back on target to 108 in subsequent years.

“Australia is experiencing strong economic and employment growth and has a booming resources sector. This in turn means emissions levels go up.

“Today’s report shows that thanks to actions by the Australian Government, state, territory and local governments, industry and the Australian people, we have done well to dramatically reduce our projected national emissions by 16 percentage points.

“Without this strong action, Australia’s projected emissions would be riding at 125 percent of 1990 levels. We are saving 87 million tonnes of greenhouse gases from going into the atmosphere each year.

“The objective of the Australian Government is to balance our economic prosperity with environmental sustainability and we will continue to examine ways we can work with industry and the community to further reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Australian Government has already committed to a range of measures including:

The Prime Minister has also announced a joint government business Task Group to advise on the nature and design of a workable global emissions trading system in which Australia would be able to participate. The Task Group will advise and report on additional steps that might be taken, in Australia, consistent with the goal of establishing such a system.

For a copy of ‘2006 Tracking to the Kyoto Target’, visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/projections.

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (08) 9421 1755 or 0409 493 902

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