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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has released an annual series of greenhouse gas inventories for Australia which show an improved performance by Australian industry.
The series show that between 1990 and 1994 Australia's emissions of greenhouse gases increased by about 0.6% over year. This figure was well down on the 3.1% per annum growth figure for emission between 19988 and 1990.
Senator Hill says the national Greenhouse Gas Inventory is important in developing and evaluating emissions reduction strategies and in developing emission project scenarios.
"The release of inventories is timely with the decision making body of the Climate Change Convention currently meeting in Geneva.
"They show that Australia is taking its responsibility seriously and making efforts towards improving its greenhouse emission performance.
"The inventories will be used in Geneva to demonstrate that Australia's performance in limiting emissions in the early 1990'2 is comparable to some other key developed countries including Canada, the United States and Japan.
"We have already stated that we will insist that the outcome of the current international negotiations on climate change safeguards Australia's particular economic and trade interests.
"The inventories will provide further proof of the efforts already being made by Australia and also provide for the opportunity for Australia to demonstrate the further initiative we are taking to reduce green house emissions."
Senator Hill says the initiatives which will show that Australia is committed to effective and credible action on greenhouse response include:
Senator Hill says the inventories show that net greenhouse emissions grew by 0.1% in 1992, 0.9% in 1993, and 1.3% in 1994.
"These figures underline that while our performance has improved in the period 1990-94 as compared to 1988-90, there still needs to be further efforts made. The initiatives we have outlined will help build on the improvement already shown.
"We will continue to work with industry and non-government organisations to ensure that our greenhouse responsibility is met while protecting Australia's national and economic interests."
For further comment: Matt Brown (Minister's Office) 06 277 7640
For further details: Peter Cheng(Department) 06 274 1433
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