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

20 October 2006

Australia-China business mission a success

An Australian Government-led renewable energy and energy efficiency business mission to China this week has been a resounding success, supporting the development of real projects to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions through new industry partnerships and strengthened government-to-government relations, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

Senator Campbell was accompanied by about 60 members of Australian industry, representing some 35 companies.

Senator Campbell said the mission the largest of its kind - had not only generated new business opportunities and potential new jobs for Australian industry, but had made a significant contribution to the international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"This mission has proven extremely successful in terms of our global efforts to address climate change and has forged an enduring relationship between China and Australia through sharing expertise and technology which can make a real contribution to our efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions."

"An example of the kind of partnerships this mission has supported is the renewable energy company, Energreen, which is using Australian expertise in energy efficiency to achieve dramatic reductions in the amount of power used by China's booming industrial sector," Senator Campbell said.

"Another company, Comm Energy, is applying innovative Australian technology to capture and use dangerous waste methane gas from China's coal mines which is making the mines safer while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"ZBB Energy Corporation, is one of many other Australian business participants that has confirmed that the mission has been of immediate direct benefit, and that it now sees a very promising future in China for its advanced renewable enrgy storage systems."

Senator Campbell also met with Vice Chairman Jiang Weixin of China's National Development and Reform Commission to discuss how Australian technology and expertise could help China meet its rapidly growing energy needs.

"China is developing very quickly and is building the equivalent of a new city the size of Brisbane every month. The International Energy Agency says China will consume 20 per cent of global energy by 2030.

"Against this growth, Australia has a valuable role to play in helping China to adopt technologies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing opportunities to Australian industry to tap into the Chinese market."

"As a clear demonstration of the value of this mission, the Chinese Government has decided to send a senior business and government delegation to Australia early next year to learn more about our world-leading expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency. China is particularly interested in Australia's expertise in generating solar and geothermal power, and in sustainably providing much-needed electricity to remote areas.

"This is another example of the practical cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency that this mission has helped to create between our governments and businesses.

"Climate change is by its nature a global environmental issue that will only be successfully addressed with substantially higher levels of international cooperation than have been achieved to date. The partnership with China is making an important contribution to this effort, with its focus on practical projects that are good for the climate and good for business. This week's visit has provided a substantial boost to Australia's climate change partnership with China."

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Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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