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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP
5 February 2003
Environment industry leaders, the Barton Group, today reported to the Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, and Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, on the first year's progress of the Environment Industry Action Agenda.
The report was presented today to Ministers Kemp and Macfarlane by Paul Perkins, CEO of ACTEW Corporation and Chairman of the Barton Group.
The report canvasses progress on 18 recommendations, including:
These are recommendations of the Action Agenda, the strategic plan for the development of a sustainable and internationally competitive environment industry that will achieve annual sales of $40 billion by 2011.
"One of the major achievements over the last year has been progress towards establishing a roundtable of the country's business leaders to encourage the take-up of sustainable development practices. We plan to host the first meeting early this year," Mr Macfarlane said.
"Industry needs to maintain the momentum of the Action Agenda to capitalize on the rapidly increasing business opportunities available for environment industry goods and services in both the domestic and global markets."
"The Howard Government supports a range of the Action Agenda initiatives to encourage continued growth of the environment industry. Our eco-efficiency agreements, which cover many thousands of Australian companies, not only achieve real environmental results but help create awareness of environmental responsibility and generate demand for environmental goods and services," Dr Kemp said.
"We are now working to promote the concepts of environmental reporting and environmental accounting through the release of guides and case-studies developed in partnership with Australian companies."
One of the group's major accomplishments has been the establishment of several taskforces to drive implementation of the report recommendations. Industry champions leading this drive include Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia and Doug Dean, Managing Director of Collex Waste.
Further information on the Environment Industry Action Agenda is available at www.industry.gov.au/eiaa.
Kirsty Boazman, Minister Macfarlane, 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444
Catherine Job, Minister Kemp, 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400