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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
&
Minister for Industry, Tourismand Resources
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane

29 May 2003

Funding for Substantial Greenhouse Gas Abatement Projects


Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Mr Ian Macfarlane, today called for registrations from interested parties for Round 3 of the Howard Government's $400 million Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program.

The Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program (GGAP) is designed to reduce Australia's net greenhouse gas emissions by supporting practical and effective activities that will deliver substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions or substantial carbon sink enhancement.

As a result of the first two application rounds, 15 projects have already been offered a total of almost $145 million to abate more than 27 million tonnes of greenhouse gas during 2008-2012.

Examples of GGAP projects involve capturing and burning waste methane gas from NSW and Queensland coal mines to generate electricity and abate over 11 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, and installing energy efficient electricity and heat generation units at more than 10 industrial plants Australia-wide to further reduce emissions of more than 3.25 million tonnes of greenhouse gases.

"Australia is at the forefront of efforts by nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program is a key component of the Howard Government's climate change policy," Dr Kemp said.

"Through the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program, the Government is investing in opportunities for large-scale, cost-effective and sustained abatement that would not occur without Commonwealth funding."

Mr Macfarlane said the Government is casting a wide net to identify large-scale, cost-effective and sustained abatement from all sectors of Australia's economy. The assessment process for Round 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program will therefore be designed to recognise sectoral differences between projects.

"GGAP is an excellent example of how business, social and environmental goals can be combined to produce good outcomes for the Australian community," he said.

The Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program is a key element of the Howard Government's $1 billion climate change strategy. The Government will continue to develop and invest in domestic programs like this to meet the target agreed to at Kyoto of limiting greenhouse emissions to 108% of 1990 levels over the period 2008 - 2012.

By the end of this decade, the Government's greenhouse abatement programs will deliver about 60 million tonnes annually in emissions reductions - the equivalent of taking all passenger cars off Australia's roads. This forms a strong platform on which to develop Australia's longer-term strategy and puts Australia within striking distance of its 108% Kyoto target.

Information about how to apply for GGAP funding is available at www.greenhouse.gov.au/ggap.

Media Contacts:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's Office): 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Kirsty Boazman (Minister Macfarlane's Office): 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444


Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program

The Howard Government's $400 million Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program aims for a projected cut in emissions equivalent to 27.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide during the Kyoto commitment period (2008-12) - equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road per year over the same period.

By early 2003, 15 projects had been approved under the program. These include:

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