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

16 April 2002

Australian Local Governments - World Leaders on Greenhouse

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp has launched the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Program Report for 2001, which shows that Australian local governments are among the world's leaders for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Report identified that 146 councils, representing nearly 60 percent of the Australian population, have signed on to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Cities for Climate ProtectionTM (CCPTM) program, a joint initiative of the Australian Greenhouse Office and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is backed by $13 million of Commonwealth funding.

"The CCPTM Program is an innovative international program, which assists local governments and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Dr Kemp said.

Through the program local councils have an opportunity to draw on international expertise and world best practice to develop effective greenhouse solutions at a local level.

The Report demonstrates that CCPTM Australia is a world leader, having the fastest uptake over a three-year period and the highest number of participating councils of any CCPTM program worldwide.

Councils begin the Program with a Political Declaration. Milestone 1 involves identifying emission levels, with the subsequent four milestones involving a greenhouse gas reduction goal, development and implementation of action plan to achieve that goal and finally evaluation of their achievements.

Last year, 47 new councils achieved Milestone 1. One of these councils is the City of Bayside in Victoria, which completed its greenhouse gas emission inventory and is now setting its sights toward determining a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2001, six councils reached Milestone 5, the final milestone of the program. Those were the City of Melbourne; the City of Port Phillip in Victoria; the City of Melville in Western Australia; the City of Adelaide in South Australia; Brisbane City Council; and the City of Canada Bay in New South Wales.

"I would like to congratulate all of our Milestone Five councils for their leadership and commitment to achieving greenhouse gas abatement.

"It is great to see that so many Australian councils are progressing through the program, and I encourage them to continue demonstrating this leadership," Dr Kemp said.

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Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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