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Media Release
Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


29 May 2001

Australian Industry's Environmental 'Bible' launched in Sydney


Good business is green business and Australian industry are increasingly embracing better environmental practices in an effort to protect our natural resources and gain an edge in the marketplace, according to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone.

Launching the second edition of the Australian Industry Group's Environmental Management Implementation Handbook in Sydney yesterday, Dr Stone highlighted the importance of a strong partnership between the Federal Government and Australian Industry on environmental issues.

"Savvy manufacturers and producers now see improved environmental performance as a means to boost their advantage in the marketplace. No longer is it simply a case of being green to comply with legislation. The community are responding to the green status of products and services that they buy", Sharman Stone said.

"The bottom line is being replaced with the 'triple bottom line' for business - looking at the economic, social and environmental advantages".

Sharman Stone said that the Federal Government was developing a number of partnerships with industry to further enhance ecologically sustainable development.

"The Greenhouse Challenge, National Packaging Covenant and Environment Industry Action Agenda are all helping industry meet their responsibilities to the community by reducing ozone depleting emissions, packaging waste and producing clean and green product lines".

"At the legislation and regulation level, the Federal Government is committed to reducing red-tape - for instance the new EPBC Act mandates clear decision making timelines and responsibilities for Government and business. The whole process can even be viewed on the Internet", Sharman Stone said.

"We are also introducing national fuel standards and working toward national standards on clinical waste. These measures make doing business across interstate borders easier - a major impediment to industry in the past".

"This new publication is a must read for all industry participants. Not only does it contain up to the date information across the range of environmental management issues, but also contains contact numbers and internet addresses and is written in plain English".

* Copies of the Environmental Management Implementation Handbook are available by accessing the Australian Industry Group's website at: www.aigroup.asn.au

Contact:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
May 29th, 2001

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