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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
5 September 2005
Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced and Australian businesses will be encouraged to enter the Chinese renewable energy market under new projects announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.
The four new joint projects between Australia and China have been formally agreed under Australia’s Bilateral Climate Change Partnerships Programme.
“These projects are particularly important, given that China is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and is predicted to become the largest emitter within 20 years,” Senator Campbell said.
“The new initiatives are part of Australia’s continuing efforts to take practical action to tackle climate change.
“These joint projects, focusing on renewable energy and greenhouse emissions from agriculture, aim to enhance both countries’ capacity to take action on climate change, while also providing business opportunities for Australian companies,” he said.
In addition to work with China, Australia has active bilateral climate change partnerships with the United States, Japan, New Zealand and the European Union, through which Australia is pursuing a range of practical projects.
The Minister encouraged Australian companies to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the bilateral partnerships. As an example, he said the Pursuing Renewable Energy Business In China project would guide Australian businesses in entering the Chinese renewable energy market.
“The Government understands the response to climate change provides significant opportunities for Australian businesses, so I encourage companies with good project ideas to apply to the Australian Greenhouse Office for support under the Bilateral Climate Change Partnerships Program,” he said.
For more information on Australia’s bilateral climate change partnerships, including how Australian companies can get involved, see: www.greenhouse.gov.au/international/partnerships
Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Reduction of Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agriculture
Entitled ‘Improving the management of water and nitrogen fertiliser for agricultural profitability, water quality and reduced nitrous oxide emissions in China and Australia’, this project aims to reduce excessive fertiliser use while maintaining production with economic, environmental and greenhouse benefits applicable to both Australia and China.
The Australian Government is contributing $687,500 for the greenhouse component of this $3 million project which, by reducing unnecessary fertiliser use, significantly decreases the potential associated emissions of nitrous oxide, which has 310 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
The project is being undertaken by the University of Melbourne and a number of Chinese agricultural research organisations, with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australian Agency for International Development and the Australian Greenhouse Office.
Pursuing Renewable Energy Business in China
This project will develop a comprehensive guide that aims to improve market opportunities for the Australian renewable energy industry in China, and to increase the current capacity of Australian industry to take advantage of opportunities in the Chinese renewable energy sector. Subject to final acceptance of the grant conditions, the project will be implemented by the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, with an Australian Government grant of $138,000.
Improving Modeling of China’s Energy Use and Emissions
This project aims to improve the representation of the Chinese energy sector, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) Global Trade and Environment Model.
Being implemented by ABARE and the Chinese Energy Research Institute, with an Australian Government grant of $100,000, these enhancements to the model’s Chinese energy and emissions database will improve the model’s accuracy, thereby increasing its value as a tool for international climate change policy analysis.
Renewable Energy Training Development and Cooperation Project
This project will develop a five-year renewable energy training framework to provide China with an adequate, ongoing workforce, trained to international standards, to meet their expanding demands for renewable energy. The training framework will be developed by Australian company Global Sustainable Energy Solutions and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, and is supported by an Australian Government grant of $96,000.