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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
17 October 2006
Australia is taking a progressive step towards reducing the impact of global climate change and providing clean reliable energy by establishing partnerships with China in renewable energy projects.
Opening the Shuangliao wind energy installation in remote far north China today, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the installation was an excellent example of international cooperation on climate change.
Senator Campbell said the installation combined Australian experience and expertise with a large and rapidly expanding Chinese market for renewable energy.
With China’s booming economy and growing population, which now stands at 1.3 billion, China contributes 14.8 per cent to the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, compared to Australia’s 1.46 per cent. But China has been increasingly turning to renewable energy options as global warming becomes a larger concern.
Developed as a joint programme between Australian-based renewable energy company, Roaring 40s, and the Datang Jilin Power Generation Company, the 49 megawatt installation will supply enough energy to power about 30,000 homes and save up to 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
“The Australia-China Climate Change Partnership has set a framework for cooperation, encouraging business contacts between Australian and Chinese companies and sponsoring business visits from the China Renewable Energy Industry Association,” said Senator Campbell who is in China this week to lead Australia’s largest ever renewable energy business mission to China.
“China is an economic powerhouse and it has an enormous demand for energy. By 2020, total grid-connected wind power in China is expected to be about 30GW, which is more than enough to power the equivalent of every household in Australia and New Zealand.
“Australian companies can benefit from partnerships with Chinese industry, Chinese consumers can benefit from increased energy supply, and the global environment can benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
“Climate change is a global challenge that needs countries to work together to develop and deploy low emission technologies. It will require partnerships between governments and industries and I’m currently leading this renewable energy business mission to China to help forge such partnerships.
“I congratulate Roaring 40s and the Datang Jilin Power Generation Company on their successful partnership.
“The expansion of home-grown industries into massive markets like China will help them achieve economies-of-scale, which should in turn help bring down the global price of these technologies.”
A media background paper is attached.
For more information, to check the Minister’s latest media schedule in China, or to download the latest photos, transcripts or voice recordings, visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/international/china.
Media contact: Rob Broadfield (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902 (Australia);
Jahda Swanborough 0448 838 557 (China).
Who: Australian renewable energy company, Roaring 40s, and China Light and Power Asia group, one of China’s five major state-owned electricity generation corporations.