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

14 September 2005

Enterprises win awards for greenhouse action


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, tonight congratulated the five winners of the inaugural Greenhouse Challenge Plus Awards for taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Campbell said CRF (Colac Otway), Godfrey Hirst Australia, Woodside Energy, QR (Queensland Rail), Westpac and the Cement Industry Federation won the awards for demonstrating excellence and innovation in greenhouse gas abatement.

"These enterprises are leading Australian industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their everyday operations," he said.

"They have demonstrated that cleaner production can provide a strong competitive edge - it's good for the environment and it's good for their business bottom lines."

The Greenhouse Challenge Plus Awards recognise outstanding achievements by businesses and government departments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They recognise organisations that have implemented innovative processes and systems to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Maintaining our economic prosperity while addressing climate change continues to be a priority for the Australian Government. Industry's participation in meeting the Greenhouse Challenge is one of the reasons Australia is well placed to meet its Kyoto emissions target - but more needs to be done.

"The Australian Government and industry must continue to work together to tackle the problem of climate change," Senator Campbell said.

The Awards were presented as part of the $31.6 million Australian Government's Greenhouse Challenge Plus programme. The programme is a partnership between the Australian Government and industry to help reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Campbell thanked all enterprises that nominated for the awards and encouraged them to strive for their best performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He also thanked all sponsors, in particular AGL as the Platinum Sponsor.

A backgrounder on the achievements of the winning enterprises is attached.

For more information on Greenhouse Challenge Plus, visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/challenge

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's Office) 0418 568 434


Backgrounder - Greenhouse Challenge Plus Award Winners 2005

Small Business Award: CRF (Colac Otway)
CRF is a state-of-the art lamb and veal processing facility. Since 2000, CRF has reported an increase in its production by 680 per cent while reducing its energy use by 75 per cent per unit of production. CRF is currently rolling out an advanced system to track energy and water use throughout the plant. It is also working to identify other options to reduce emissions such as carbon dioxide refrigeration systems. Contact: Lindsay Riches, Technical Manager - 03 5231 9700 or lriches@crfco.com.au

Medium Business Award: Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd
A manufacturer of high quality carpets and floor coverings, Godfrey Hirst has involved all of its personnel and operations in improving its environmental performance. It has improved its energy efficiency by improving its carpet dyeing process and reports a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse emission by adopting recycling initiatives such as removing wool from waste streams. Godfrey Hirst also uses a computerised monitoring and control system to monitor its environmental performance. Contact: Ben Smith, Technical Manager - 03 5225 0136 or ben.smith@godfreyhirst.com

Large Business Award: Woodside Energy Ltd
Since joining Greenhouse Challenge Plus in 1997, Woodside has reported a 6.5 per cent reduction in its greenhouse emissions. It is replacing the solvent used for removing carbon dioxide from natural gas at its Karratha Gas Plant and is switching to accelerated methyldi-ethanol amine in its LNG trains, saving a further 350,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. Contact: Peter McNally, Greenhouse Coordinator - 08 9348 6349 or peter.mcnally@woodside.com.au

Government + Essential Services Award: QR (Queensland Rail)
QR carries approximately 176 million tonnes of freight and 50 million passengers per year. In the past six years, QR has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one million tonnes - about 14 per cent. In 2004-05, QR achieved greenhouse gas abatement of approximately 229,000 tonnes. Contact: Tony Ramsden, Manager Environmental Strategy - 07 3235 1414 or tony.ramsden@qr.com.au

Business Leadership Award (for outstanding achievement in the promotion and facilitation of greenhouse gas action within industry): Westpac
Westpac has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 per cent since joining the Greenhouse Challenge Plus programme in 1996. It was the first bank in Australia to develop an environmental policy and management system and a best of sector socially responsible investment product. It was also a founding signatory to the UN Environment Program for Finance Institutions. Contact: Steve Green, Research Analyst - 02 9226 0684 or stevegreen@westpac.com.au

Special Commendation (for outstanding contribution to greenhouse action): Cement Industry Federation
The Australian cement industry, through the Cement Industry Federation, has achieved significant greenhouse gas abatement since 1990. It has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 million tonnes or CO2 equivalent through upgrading equipment, adopting alternative lower carbon emitting fuels and raw materials, and improving plant operation and control practices. Contact: Robyn Bain - 02 6260 7222 or rbain@cement.org.au

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