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

5 September 2006

Australian Government reduces energy consumption

Australian Government agencies have cut their energy consumption by 5.2 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 2.3 per cent over the past seven years.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today provided details on energy consumption from 115 government departments and agencies in the annual report Energy Use in the Australian Government’s Operations 2004-2005.

In announcing the reductions, Senator Campbell noted that in the past year Australian Government departments and agencies recorded drops of 0.89 per cent in energy consumption and 0.23 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions.

“Since reporting was introduced in 1997 the Australian Government has reduced its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, in spite of the numbers of Australian Government employees or occupants increasing,” Senator Campbell said.

“Some of the simple actions undertaken by government agencies have included the upgrading of computer monitors from CRT to LCD technologies, reducing the numbers of light globes, while maintaining effective lighting coverage, and refurbishing office space to be more energy efficient.

“These results show that it is possible for large organisations to reduce energy costs as well as benefit the environment – simply by being smarter energy users. Reducing energy use is a practical and financially rewarding step that all Australian organisations and households can take,” he said.

The report also reveals that the use of Green Power from renewable sources has improved, with the CSIRO recording an increase of 96 per cent since last year’s report.

Senator Campbell also announced that in the future agencies are set to make more improvements under the revitalised energy policy, Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) which agencies will report under in future years.

EEGO sets out revised targets for government agencies, which will lead to financial savings, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. Our Government will continue to show leadership in cutting energy consumption and this policy will help us to make more reductions in years to come,” Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell will table the annual report in Parliament today.

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