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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
1 October 2003
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today signed an agreement with the State and Territory branches of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTA) to help their members improve business efficiency and reduce impact on the environment.
The Eco-Efficiency Agreement aims to help the motor trades industry implement practical, effective strategies for change that bring both financial and environmental benefits.
"This Agreement is modelled on the successful Green Stamp program developed and implemented by the MTA-WA in 1999. Green Stamp Accreditation is an acknowledgment of a workshop's commitment to minimising the environmental impacts associated with repairing or servicing their customer's vehicles," said Dr Kemp.
"Green Stamp has assisted hundreds of businesses in WA to address their environmental issues through onsite audits and online information. The Eco-efficiency Agreement with the Commonwealth aims to apply these principles nationally."
The Howard Government has committed a total of $402,600 to facilitate the agreement, with State and Territory Motor Trades Associations have committed a combined total of $369,768 over the life of the three year agreement.
"Eco-efficiency is about 'doing more with less', or producing goods and services using less energy, water and other materials. It is also about stimulating creativity and innovation to find new and profitable ways of doing things and allowing business profits to be increased at the same time as reducing waste and pollution," Dr Kemp said.
Under the Agreement, coordinators will educate MTA members on efficiency and cleaner production principles, to help eliminate adverse environmental impacts. Businesses will receive information on installing wastewater systems to prevent water pollution, on appropriate storage and disposal of hazardous products, using solvent thinner recycling machines to reduce solvent use, and directing wastes such as cardboard and scrap metal towards recycling or reuse.
"I applaud the commitment of the MTA, and believe this partnership between government and industry will benefit the community, the environment, and the future of the motor trades industry in Australia," Dr Kemp said.
To date, the Howard Government has signed 34 Eco-efficiency Agreements with a range of industry associations, including the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Property Council, the Australian Paper Industry Council, the Electricity Supply Association of Australia, Housing Industry Association and the Master Fish Merchants' Association.
Funding for this Eco-efficiency Agreement has been provided through the Waste Management Awareness Program, the Air Pollution in Major Cities Program and the Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil Program.
Information on Eco-Efficiency Agreements can be found at: http://www.deh.gov.au/industry/corporate/eecp/agreements/