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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
13 June 1996
Australian companies will showcase their environmental technology and expertise in Asia this month during cleaner production workshops in China and Thailand.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the Government will hold workshops in China and Thailand to show how cleaner production protects the environment, saves valuable resources and reduces production costs.
"There are more than 2000 companies and organisations in the Australian environmental industry sector, many of which are leaders in the field of environmental management.
"The workshops will help Asian countries gain access to Australian environmental expertise and products and contribute to sustainable development in the region.
"The contacts made between Australian environmental experts and their Asian counterparts will bring a lasting collaboration on environmental protection and cleaner production.
"The workshops will show how cleaner production increases the efficiency of industrial processes.
"Significant savings in raw materials and water use can be achieved without the need for expensive technology.
"End-of-pipe pollution controls, which reduce emissions but not their production, reduce immediate environmental damage, but come at increasing monetary costs to society and industry.
"They fail to address the issue: that pollution should be prevented in the first place.
"Experience in Australia and overseas has shown that industries using cleaner production techniques prevent pollution, reduce costs and increase efficiency."
In Indonesia this week, Australian mining industry leaders and government experts on environmental management in mining examined the impact of large-scale mining on communities and tourism .
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