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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

11 October 2001

$37 Million for Greenhouse Gas Abatement Projects


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announcing $37 million for four projects expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8.2 million tonnes between 2008 - 2012.

"These projects adopt a range of innovative greenhouse gas abatement approaches and technologies including power station efficiency, vehicle engine technologies, waste coal mine gas capture and use to achieve substantial and cost-effective emission reductions," Senator Hill said today in Sydney.

"The projects are diverse and range from sophisticated combustion technology to methane-powered gas engines and greenhouse-friendly rail freight technology. Methane's global warming effect is 21 times more intense than carbon dioxide."

Funding has been made available for the projects under the Federal Government's $400 million Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program. Round 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program commenced in July 2001 and attracted 71 submissions from business, industry and local and state governments across Australia.

Projects were subject to a rigorous selection process - the cost-effective and sustained abatement of greenhouse emissions were among the criteria used to rate applicants.

Priority was given to projects that could demonstrate abatement of more than 250,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions a year, which is similar to the annual emissions from 60,000 cars or 36,000 households.

"The Government has committed almost $1 billion to an extensive range of programs to tackle greenhouse emissions in Australia," Senator Hill said.

"This commitment means Australia is now well advanced in putting significant programs in place to ensure we are working towards achieving the greenhouse reduction target set for this nation at Kyoto."

October 11, 2001

Further information:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 0419 258 364

Commonwealth of Australia