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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp

5 June 2003

World Environment Day: Government Introduces Groundbreaking Approach to Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

In a further demonstration of the Howard Government's commitment to address the environmental challenge of ozone depletion and global warming, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today introduced the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill.

"These laws will deliver greenhouse gas abatement equivalent to up to six million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum by 2010, which is about one per cent of Australia's 1990 emissions," Dr Kemp said.

The new legislation builds on the existing Ozone Protection Act 1989 and will deliver three major changes:

Dr Kemp said the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill has strong industry support.

"The changes to the legislation have been developed following extensive consultation with stakeholders, including the refrigeration and air conditioning, fire protection, aerosols and foam industries," he said.

"Industry is supportive of these changes, viewing them as providing certainty and consistency in effectively managing ozone depleting substances and their synthetic greenhouse gas alternatives."

Australia's ozone protection legislation has contributed to one of the world's greatest environmental success stories, the recently reported commencement of recovery of the Earth's ozone layer.

"Australia's efforts to reduce its consumption of ozone depleting substances has led to a drop in the annual rate of consumption of 20,000 tonnes of ozone depleting substances in 1989 to less than 4,000 tonnes in 2002," Dr Kemp said.

"This legislation is a great present for Australia's long term environmental future for World Environment Day".

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