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

27 July 2001

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SIGN ECO-EFFICIENCY AGREEMENTS


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has welcomed landmark agreements committing Australia's chambers of commerce and industry to improve their environmental and economic performance.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member State and Territory Chambers today signed three-year eco-efficiency agreements with the Commonwealth.

"The national and collaborative nature of these agreements is a first, and will lead to the promotion of eco-efficiency to more than 300,000 businesses around the country," Senator Hill said.

"Eco-efficiency is essentially about doing more with less - using environmental resources more efficiently to deliver more products or services. It results in both improved environmental performance and increased profits for industry."

The Chamber is the peak council of Australian business associations. Its member State and Territory Chambers are the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Business Ltd, Business SA, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (Inc), Commerce Queensland, Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd & Victorian Employer's Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The total funding for the agreements will include a Commonwealth contribution of more than $660,000 with matching contributions from the Chambers. This money will be used to fund a range of activities including a survey to provide a snapshot of the environmental performance of Australian business.

"This is a new and important partnership, between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Commonwealth Government," Senator Hill said.

Twelve Eco-Efficiency Agreements have now been signed. The other industry associations to have agreements with the Commonwealth include the Housing Industry Association, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and the National Association for Crop Production and Animal Health.

More information about the Eco-Efficiency Agreements with State and Territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry is attached. Further information regarding eco-efficiency agreements can be found at www.environment.gov.au/epg/environet/eecp/agreements/frontpage.html.

27 July, 2001
Media Contact: Belinda Huppatz 0419 258 364


FACT SHEET


CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY ECO-EFFICIENCY AGREEMENTS

Each of the State and Territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry will undertake a set of common activities under the agreements. These include:

The specific activities of each of the chambers are outlined below.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI - National body)

Contact: Andrew Tytherleigh - tel: 03 9668 9975

Australian Business Limited (ABL - New South Wales)

Contact: Micheal Carolin - tel: 02 9927 7434

Business SA (BSA - South Australia)

Contact: Kathy Bowden - tel: 08 8300 0275

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA)

Contact: Martin Taylor - tel: 08 9365 7529

Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NTCCI)

Contact: Julia Fortune - tel: 08 8936 3100

Commerce Queensland

Contact: Ian McDonald - tel: 07 3842 2258

Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

Contact: Alf Hohmann - tel: 03 9251 4372

ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACTCCI)

Contact: Jill Bailey - tel: 02 6283 5200

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI)

Contact: Sonny Azzopardi - tel: 03 6234 5933

Commonwealth of Australia