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

28 November 2005

Local councils support Local Greenhouse Action programme


Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today released findings of a survey showing that state and territory councils continue to take strong action to reduce greenhouse gases within their communities under the Cities for Climate Protection Australia (CCP).

CCP Australia, developed and delivered by the Australian Government, is the world's largest and most successful local government greenhouse initiative.

The survey, undertaken by Nielsen/Net Ratings, aimed to gain an understanding of council officers' perceptions and attitudes surrounding the priorities, barriers and opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

"I am very pleased this important international programme is being supported and implemented by 207 local councils and governments, representing almost 80 per cent coverage of Australia's population," Senator Campbell said.

"Councils are demonstrating significant effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their buildings and transport fleets, while also encouraging actions at the local household level."

The research revealed that financial support was an important aspect to implementing greenhouse gas reduction actions at the local level.

"The Australian Government's grants are clearly helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the local community," Senator Campbell said.

"This support, coupled with our $14.2 million National Climate Change Adaptation Programme is helping local governments and the community to reduce emissions and plan for the unavoidable impacts of climate change."

"Ensuring we have the capacity to adapt to climate change is a central component of the Australian Government's $1.8 billion climate change strategy."

Results from the survey will be used to progress future local greenhouse action initiatives.

"The successes of CCP Australia are being reviewed by many countries interested in duplicating its achievements," Senator Campbell said.

Cities for Climate Protection Australia is an international programme delivered in Australia in partnership with the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

A copy of the 'Local Greenhouse Action - Local government survey, May 2005' is available at www.greenhouse.gov.au/local/ccp

Media contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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