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

31 October 2005

Minister to lead australia's G8 climate change dialogue


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will attend high level climate change discussions involving G8 and globally significant countries in London on 1 November.

The one-day event, convened by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, will focus on energy and the development and deployment of lower emitting energy technologies.

Senator Campbell will make a presentation on approaches for accelerating the development of future low emission energy technologies. Mr Blair will also address the meeting.

Senator Campbell said the G8’s focus on clean technology and development was consistent with Australia’s efforts in developing partnerships that focused on development and deployment of existing and emerging efficient technologies.

“Australia has long been recognised as an international leader in measuring and monitoring climate change. We also have a strong reputation in developing domestic and international policies and actions for climate change,” Senator Campbell said.

“The Australian Government welcomes the establishment of the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development as an important contribution to international collaborative efforts on climate change.

“It is our view that no one country alone can develop and introduce the necessary technologies and other means to respond to climate change. It’s therefore crucial that Australia contributes to international climate change dialogues and plans of action.”

Senator Campbell said the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Claude Mandil, would also be making a presentation.

“The IEA has said that to meet the world’s increasing energy demands and at the same time substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world will need around 7800 new power stations – to be built with zero-to-low emissions technology,” he said.

“The IEA has said that to meet the world’s increasing energy demands and at the same time substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world will need around 7800 new power stations – to be built with zero-to-low emissions technology,” he said.

He said Australia is committed to the development of a global response to climate change that involves all major emitters and delivers deep cuts in global emissions that scientists tell us will be needed.

Australia participates in a number of climate change initiatives, such as Methane to Markets, Geosequestration Leadership Forum, and others. Australia is also a founding member of the new Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and has been active and constructive within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Senator Campbell was invited to participate in the ‘Friends of the President’ discussions in Ottawa in early October in the lead up to the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) in Montreal in December.

In addition to the G8 countries – UK, France, Russia, Germany, US , Japan, Italy and Canada – the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development will also include Australia, India, China, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

“Climate change presents the globe with an unprecedented challenge. The fact is that saving the climate requires immense cooperation and action – but not just by governments alone. Governments worldwide need to work together with industry and the research community,” Senator Campbell said.

“The world will need billions of dollars in investment in new technologies and, in particular, to clean up fossil fuels.

“A practical, technology-based and realistic collaborative approach between the public and private sector is the best mechanism we have in addressing climate change in an economically efficient way. We all share the same atmosphere.”

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

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