The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
30 January 2004
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said today that the 3000 households that have joined the Howard Government's world-first Cool Communities program have reduced their energy use, saved money and made a significant contribution to reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.
"Across Australia, twenty-two Cool Communities were given the chance to identify projects that were important to them, and that would deliver real greenhouse gas savings, usually through reduction in electrical energy use or transport fuels," Dr Kemp said.
"Over the last year, Cool Communities have successfully saved an average of almost one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions per household, with some households saving as much as six tonnes of greenhouse gases."
"The success of the Cool Communities program is largely due to the commitment of the participating householders and the network of experts who worked with them to identify ways and means of doing their bit to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"This not only benefits the household through savings on energy costs, but can also improve household comfort levels and health. The environment is everyone's business and Cool Communities are taking simple actions at home and making a difference," Dr Kemp said.
Participating Cool Communities in 2003 included a football club in Victoria, a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, a church parish in Queensland, a workplace of scientists in Canberra and a group of university students in Tasmania.
Cool Communities for 2004 will include a large insurance company, a number of city councils, high school and university students and housing associations.
Cool Communities are supported with funding and a range of information, tools and advice to help them to reduce their energy use, use their cars less and reduce consumption and waste - all good ways to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
Some cool summertime tips for saving energy include:
Other ways Cool Communities have been saving energy include:
|State||Round 1 Communities||Round 2 Communities|
|ACT||Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable Ecosystems Office
Australian National University Food Co-operative
Sullivan's Creek Catchment Group
|Water and Energy Saving Trial
Havelock Housing Association Inc.
|NSW||University of New South Wales Ecoliving Centre
Leichhardt City Council
Broken Hill Community
|Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd
South Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
Desert Knowledge Australia
Haasts Bluff Ikungtji Aboriginal community
Desert Knowledge Australia
|Qld||Maleny Credit Union
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
|Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
Cairns and Far North Environment Council
|SA||Adelaide City Councils partnership
Campbelltown City Council
Bookmark Biosphere Trust/Berri Barmera District Council
|St Columba College
East End 'Cycle East'
|Tas||Launceston Environment Centre and Launceston Home Ideas Centre
Tasmanian Bicycle Council and Taroona Schools
Tasmanian University Union
|Brighton and Hobart Councils
Tasmanian University Union
|Vic||Western Bulldogs Education and Training Centre
City of Port Phillip
|WA||Warren Districts Renewable Energy Group
Greenskills and Denmark Environment Centre
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils
|City of Subiaco
Australia's 22 Round 1 Cool Communities are spread across the country and represent a diverse range of socioeconomic, geographic and cultural demographics.
Australia's 16 Round 2 Cool Communities are spread across the country and represent a diverse range of socioeconomic, geographic and cultural demographics.
The first round of Cool Communities saw 22 Australian communities, chosen from over 140 applications from around Australia, implementing new, exciting and more efficient ways of reducing greenhouse gases.
Called Cool Communities, they were part of a world first program demonstrating that Australian households can save money and greenhouse gases through simple actions.
The first round of Cool Communities attracted a diverse range of communities including an urban football club in Victoria, a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, a church parish in Queensland, a workplace of scientists in Canberra and a group of University students in Tasmania.
Over 3000 households participated in Round 1 and more than 200,000 households were contacted nationally through direct mail and targeted education outreach activities.
Participating households increased their skills and knowledge of greenhouse issues and saved on average almost 1 tonne of greenhouse gases (CO2-e) per household.
Community workshops and training programs were conducted, resulting in over 150 trained greenhouse auditors across Australia.
Many partnerships have been formed with State and local governments, businesses, academia, and community organisations, leveraging over $1m in additional funding, along with significant numbers of volunteer hours.
Media coverage has been strong throughout the program, with positive stories run in local, regional, state and national outlets, including lifestyle TV coverage.
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