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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

08 January 2002

New Fund to Help Councils Reduce Greenhouse Gases

A hybrid solar power thermal system to power a community library and new energy efficient traffic lights are among the latest projects to be developed by local governments around Australia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding of almost $650,000 will be offered to local governments in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and the A.C.T for eight projects funded under the Commonwealth Government's Emissions Reduction Incentive Program.

"Together these eight projects are likely to save over 71,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and will see councils and communities around the country working together to take action on greenhouse" the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp said.

"Local governments have demonstrated a strong commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions."

"Their commitment to spend around $1.5 million of their own money on these projects in addition to the Commonwealth's funding is an excellent example of their support for greenhouse gas abatement in Australia."

The Emission Reduction Incentive Program is open to Councils involved in the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM program, a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

Councils applying for funding under the program must have achieved the third milestone of the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM program - the adoption of a local greenhouse action plan.

Australia has the fastest growing CCPTM program in the world, with 144 councils covering almost 60% of the Australian population already participating.

"I commend the local government sector for its commitment to the environment and I wish the successful applicants every success with their projects," Dr Kemp said.

"This program is yet another important Commonwealth Government program designed to support councils and communities in their greenhouse gas abatement efforts."

Media contact:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's Office): 0408 648 400

List of Successful Projects

CO2 abatement: 22,870 tonnes
ACT Government contact for insulation project: Geoff Wells, Ph: 02 6207 2336
ACT Government contact for air conditioning project: Michelle Frost, Project Manager, Ph: 02 6205 2889

CO2 abatement: 5,380 tonnes
Council contact: Kelly Westell, Adelaide City Council, Ph: 08 8203 7760.

CO2 abatement: 2,310 tonnes
Council contact: Wayne Van Lieven, Project Manager, Ph: 08 9391 3230

Council contact: Kimone Stacey-Missem, Environment Development Unit, City of Melbourne, Ph: 03 9658 8421

CO2 abatement: 16,010 tonnes
Council contact: Kelly Waters, Environment Protection Team, Ph: 02 9847 6831

CO2 abatement: 2,830 tonnes
Council contact: Jan Maddin, Media and Public Relations, Ph: 07 5441 8389

CO2 abatement: 4,730 tonnes
Council contact: Stacey Pearson, Project Manager, Ph: 03 9298 4360

Commonwealth of Australia