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

12 October 2006

New guide to generate energy cooperation with China


On the eve of the Australian Government’s largest ever renewable energy business mission to China, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Madame Fu Ying, today launched a new guide for renewable energy businesses looking to do business with China.

Senator Campbell said the Pursuing Renewable Energy Business with China guide would help Australian firms develop renewable energy business opportunities in China.

“Differences in language, business culture, legal systems, and internal administrative arrangements, combined with the sheer size of China can be daunting,” Senator Campbell said.

“This guide helps explain these differences so that both Australian and Chinese firms are better equipped to build strong, lasting and mutually beneficial business relationships.

“The Australian and Chinese governments have an excellent relationship and spirit of cooperation on climate change and it’s important we get the business relationships right too.

“To help develop these relationships, I’ll be accompanied by 58 members of Australian industry when I lead Australia’s largest ever renewable energy and energy efficiency business mission to China next week.”

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Mission to China

Senator Campbell said the business mission would benefit both countries and was another example of the Australian Government’s practical international action on climate change.

“Australian renewable energy technologies are the perfect fit for a large, energy hungry Chinese market looking to supply power to 1.3 billion people.

“Renewable energy will play an increasing role in China. As set out in its new Renewable Energy Law, China’s goal is to increase renewable energy to 15 per cent of its total energy supply by 2020.

“Total grid-connected wind power capacity in China was less than 1GW in 2004 and is expected to grow to 30GW by 2020 – this would be more than enough power for the equivalent of every home in Australia and New Zealand.

“By matching Australia’s expertise in renewable energy with China’s rapidly growing demand for energy, we can benefit the environment, help China meet its growing energy needs, and generate profits for Australian businesses,” he said.

“Like any commodity, the way to bring down the price is by achieving economies-of-scale. Helping Australian companies to tap into the Chinese market will help achieve this.

“During the mission, I will discuss with the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, Jiang Weixin, the next round of projects we will undertake as part of our bilateral climate change partnership. All of the suggested projects will help both countries and will extend Australia’s programme of practical international cooperation on climate change.”

While in China, Senator Campbell will also attend the high level segment of an international conference on the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities.

For more information, to check the Minister’s media schedule in China, or to download the latest photos, visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/international/china.

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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