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

10 October 2006

Yalumba honoured as climate change industry leader

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today congratulated Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba, on becoming Australia’s first “Leader” under the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Challenge Plus Programme.

“Yalumba has very successfully developed a comprehensive environmental management plan that covers their entire wine making process,” Senator Campbell said.

“The company recorded a decrease of 9.5 per cent in greenhouse emissions for every litre of wine produced at its Angaston site in South Australia, demonstrating its strong commitment to working with the Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to the most recent projections, Australia's greenhouse measures are expected to deliver 85 million tonnes a year of emissions savings towards meeting Australia's Kyoto target.

Senator Campbell said Yalumba was one of more than 1000 businesses across Australia that has joined the Greenhouse Challenge Plus Programme, helping cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 15 million tonnes a year by the end of the decade.

Yalumba will formally be acknowledged during an event to welcome new members to the programme, being held tonight at Parliament House in Canberra.

“It is a great pleasure to be welcoming another 28 new members into the programme, an Australian Government and industry partnership, that is delivering practical action to tackle climate change,” Senator Campbell said.

Members achieve the status of Associate Member, Member or Leader, depending on their ability to set and achieve greenhouse emissions goals, and the detail of their emissions reporting.

The Yalumba Wine Company joined the programme in 1999, making it one of the first agricultural enterprises to do so. Its low-emissions plan involves all aspects of the wine production process, including transportation, waste, recycling and land-use activities.

The Greenhouse Challenge Plus Programme is part of the Australian Government’s almost $2 billion national strategy, which is working to cut greenhouse gas emissions and build an effective global response to climate change.

Information on the Greenhouse Challenge Plus Programme:

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