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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

10 March 2005

Minister launches new Greenhouse programme

The successful partnership between the Australian Government and industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was strengthened today with the launch of Greenhouse Challenge Plus by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.

The programme provides new opportunities for businesses that have not yet taken up the challenge against global warming.

"For the first time, businesses that publicly disclose more information about their greenhouse gas emissions management strategies, their targets for emissions reductions and their progress towards them can be recognised as Greenhouse Challenge Plus leaders," Senator Campbell said.

"Businesses will also be able to certify products and services that do not contribute to global warming as Greenhouse Friendly.

The programme will continue to help businesses collect and monitor emissions data and provide information about where to find emissions reduction opportunities. The new programme will also introduce an online reporting system to simplify reporting requirements.

"Actions that businesses can take include reducing energy use, cutting down waste and switching to low emissions energy sources such as renewable electricity," Senator Campbell said.

"Greenhouse Challenge Plus is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 million tonnes a year during the target period 2008-12. This is a significant contribution.

"Well over 1000 operating facilities are already covered by agreements with businesses that have taken up the climate change challenge.

"The programme responds to the international trend towards greater transparency in companies' reporting of greenhouse gas emissions."

More than 100 businesses that have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a minimum of five years will be recognised today with a certificate of appreciation from the Minister. A list of these companies will be available on the website. (link below)

Businesses in the program have consistently reported that actions to reduce their emissions have also saved them money.

"Greenhouse Challenge Plus is good for business as well as for the environment. The more businesses that join the Australian Government in the climate change challenge, the more we can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases," Senator Campbell said.

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