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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Federal Member for Corangamite
Stewart McArthur MP

15 September 2005

CRF (Colac Otway) and Godfrey Hirst Win Greenhouse Awards

Two Geelong region businesses have won the inaugural national Greenhouse Challenge Plus Awards for small and medium businesses taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Member for Corangamite, Stewart McArthur, congratulated CRF (Colac Otway) and Godfrey Hirst Australia for winning their respective national awards and demonstrating excellence and innovation in greenhouse gas abatement.

Senator Campbell said CRF and Godfrey Hirst are leading Australian industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their everyday operations.

"CRF and Godfrey Hirst have demonstrated cleaner production can provide a strong competitive edge - it's good for the environment and it's good for their business bottom lines," Senator Campbell said.

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

Mr McArthur said, "CRF is a state-of-the art lamb and veal processing facility which has increased its production by 680 per cent since 2000 while reducing its energy use by 75 per cent per production unit."

"CRF is demonstrating a commitment to further improvements by tracking its energy and water use throughout the plant and working to identify other options to reduce emissions such as carbon dioxide refrigeration systems," Mr McArthur said. "They are deserving winners of the small business award."

"Godfrey Hirst won the medium sized business award for improving its energy efficiency by improving its carpet dyeing process and achieving a 60 per cent Greenhouse emissions reduction by adopting recycling initiatives such as removing wool from waste streams," Mr McArthur said.

Mr McArthur said: "Godfrey Hirst also uses a computerised monitoring and control system to monitor its environmental performance in manufacturing its high quality carpets and floor coverings."

Senator Campbell said: "Supporting industry while addressing climate change is a priority for the Australian Government. Industry's participation in meeting the Greenhouse Challenge is a reason why Australia is well placed to meet its greenhouse 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 at an official function in Canberra on Wednesday evening.

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office)  (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Simon Price - (Stewart McArthur's Office)  02 6277 4847
Lindsay Riches, Technical Manager - CRF (Colac Otway)  03 5231 9700
Ben Smith, Technical Manager - Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd  03 5225 0136

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