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A Joint Statement by
Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
Mr John Moore, Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism
Senator Warwick Parer, Minister for Resources and Energy


20 November 1997

The highly successful Greenhouse Challenge program, the centrepiece of the partnership between government and industry to reduce greenhouse emissions, is to be extended and expanded.

The expanded Challenge programme will be run by the new Commonwealth Greenhouse Office to be established in the Department of the Environment.

The Greenhouse Challenge program has been running for 18 months and already has 100 signed agreements with organisations in the cement, aluminium, petroleum, mining, paper, energy generation and distribution, manufacturing, transport and commercial sectors.

The participants have committed to reduce their forecast emissions by about 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by the year 2000.

Additional funding is to be provided to enable the extension of the program to smaller companies and to increase the number of large and medium company participants to 500 by 2000 and to more than 1000 by 2005.

More medium sized companies will be encouraged to participate in the program through tailored sectoral strategies. Hundreds of small companies will be able to participate through a new Greenhouse Allies program.

The package will also enhance the reporting and verification requirements of the program to ensure that participants are making a credible commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a voluntary program, these enhancements are important to ensure the program is delivering verifiable emissions reductions.

The extension of the program will allow participants to further develop their partnership with the government by identifying more actions through their annual reviews.

Media contacts: Matt Brown (Senator Hill's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Cheryl Cartwright (Mr Moore's Office) 02 6277 7580
Bob Baudino (Senator Parer's Office) 02 6277 7440 0419 438 818

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