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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

19 February 2003

Racing Into the Technological Future

The Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today 'flagged-in' Australia's top solar and ultra-lite electric cars at the Melbourne Museum as SunRace competitors arrived in Melbourne.

SunRace is a 2300 km solar car and electric vehicle event that runs over eight grueling days from Adelaide to Sydney via outback Broken Hill, Melbourne and Canberra.

"This is an exciting annual event that gives people a chance to see sustainable and environmentally-friendly technologies in action," Dr Kemp said. "The Howard Government is pleased to provide $20,000 in sponsorship for this year's race, because it reflects our commitment to greenhouse gas abatement and promoting sustainable technology.

"As SunRace showcases Australian technology of the future, SunRace teams, such as those from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Chisholm Institute, engage and inspire young people in the pursuit of technological excellence.

"These young competitors represent Australia's future scientists and engineers who will take sustainable technologies to the market place, and I commend them for their commitment and enthusiasm.

"SunRace highlights the need for each of us to embrace greenhouse solutions, as householders are responsible for 20% of Australia's greenhouse emissions through everyday activities such as driving our cars.

"Emerging technologies, such as the renewable technology showcased here at SunRace, will be a vital part of Australia's greenhouse solution."

Dr Kemp said the Howard Government is developing a long-term climate change strategy that will span over 20 to 30 years to help meet Australia's 108% Kyoto target and is also investing $1 billion into greenhouse abatement.

The program funding includes almost $380 million to support the development and uptake of renewable energy technologies.

As part of this strategy, the Howard Government is consulting with business, industry, state and territory governments and community groups.

For information on the Howard Government's climate change action visit

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