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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
19 October 2006
Australian sustainable design and energy efficient building products will be used to retrofit China’s first 5-star building in Tianjin.
Located just south of China’s capital, Beijing, Tianjin city has contracted Maunsell Australia to help them plan a complete energy efficient retrofit of their Environment Protection Bureau building.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell—currently leading Australia’s largest ever renewable energy and energy efficiency business mission to China—today announced Australian Government funding of $80,000 for the project.
Senator Campbell said the funding would be used to prepare a detailed design that could be used to make the building an energy efficient showcase and to demonstrate Australian technologies.
“Practical international cooperation at a local level provides excellent opportunities for Australian companies to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency technologies and products,” Senator Campbell said.
“This project will be the first complete 5-star ‘green’ retrofit of a building in China. Australian expertise and products will be on display, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gases and providing more comfortable workplaces for workers in the building.
“China’s energy demands are accelerating and energy efficiency will become increasingly important, which is why energy efficiency is one of the highest priorities for the Australia-China Climate Change Partnership.
“A 5-star building, such as Tianjin’s Environment Protection Bureau, will be seen as a‘lighthouse’ in China – demonstrating the effectiveness and comfort of Australian sustainable design and energy efficient products in a Chinese context.
“This building alone will save 200 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year and there are 50,000 similar government buildings in China. If the process is repeated for these buildings the savings in both energy and greenhouse gas emissions will be enormous – about the same as stopping all emissions from the Northern Territory.
“Climate change is a global challenge and Australia will continue to work with other countries to take practical actions that will make a real difference.”
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.
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902 (Australia);
Jahda Swanborough 0448 838 557 (China)