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Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
&
Federal Minister for Industry, Science
and Resources
Senator Nick Minchin

26 September 2001

ENVIRONMENT INDUSTRY TAKES ACTION TO REACH $40 BILLION BY 2011


Australia's ability to meet the challenges of sustainable economic development received a significant boost today with the announcement today of a joint industry and government Action Agenda for the environment industry.

The Action Agenda establishes a strategic ten-year plan for the development of a sustainable and internationally-competitive environment industry, aiming for annual sales of more than $40 billion by 2011.

Industry, Science and Resources Minister Nick Minchin and Environment Minister Robert Hill today joined environment industry leaders to launch the ambitious plan to add value to all Australian businesses by enabling competitive environmental outcomes.

"We are entering an era where a company's economic, environmental and social performance is an integral part of the business and investment environment for all Australian industries," Senator Minchin said.

This Action Agenda clearly recognises the business opportunities this presents. I agree with industry leaders that the environment industry's future lies in adding value to other industries like tourism, manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and enabling them to remain internationally competitive."
Senator Hill said the Action Agenda - developed by environmental management industry leaders - made recommendations to the Federal Government on ways to further develop their industry.

"This agenda builds on our international reputation for leading edge science and providing cost-effective environmental solutions. The industry has identified the importance of working with all governments to harmonise environmental regulations and encourage 'green' purchasing by governments and companies. I look forward to working with industry to demonstrate that environmental issues present more of an opportunity for business than a compliance cost," said Senator Hill.

The Chairman of the Environment Industry Action Agenda Leaders Group and Chief Executive of ACTEW Corporation, Mr Paul Perkins, said the industry was committed to achieving the challenging vision included in the Action Agenda.

"Industry leaders have committed to a program of early action, but hard work is still ahead. I am delighted to have the support of the Federal Government in this work. The industry will also work closely with State, Territory and local governments, which play a key role in purchasing and planning decisions and in promoting maximum private sector participation in all new environment business opportunities," Mr Perkins said.

Further information on the Environment Industry Action Agenda (EIAA) is available at www.isr.gov.au/agendas/sectors/eiaa.html.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Eddy (Senator Minchin)
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640
Paul Perkins, Chairman, EIAA Leaders Group, 02 6248 3530
Craig Pennifold, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, 02 6213 7580

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