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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Environment

3 June 1997

Australian householders are being called on to play their part in the national response to global warming.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has launched "Global Warming Cool it' - a practical guide to ways of reducing household greenhouse gas emissions. The guide explains the global warming problem in simple, everyday terms and identifies ways in which householders can be part of the solution.

Senator Hill says householders can build on the efforts of Australian industry to cut greenhouse emissions.

"Australian households generate almost a fifth of our total greenhouse gases; more than 18 tonnes per household each year. We generate 6 tonnes each year from transport needs, 5 tonnes from heating water. If everybody followed just a few of the many useful hints contained in this book Australia could considerably reduce our greenhouse gases."

Senator Hill says the venue of the launch, Parliament House, is an excellent example of how money and energy could be saved in the bid to cut greenhouse gasses.

"As what is practically our largest 'house', Parliament House is setting an example for others to follow.

"Parliament House has reduced energy use by 41 per cent since 1989, saving more than $2.3 million each year. As a flow-on effect this has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 000 tonnes annually.

"Parliament House has more than 40 000 lights. Most houses have around 20. While the scales may be different every house can contribute to a national response to global warming.

"Global Warming Cool it! will show householders how to save energy, money and greenhouse gases without compromising our lifestyle."

Australia generates less than 2 per cent of the world's greenhouse gases; ranking fifteenth in the world, the same position we held in 1950. Despite an increasing population, Australia has reduced greenhouse gas emissions per GDP, that is we are becoming more energy efficient.

The book Global Warming Cool it! has been produced by Environment Australia and is available by calling their Community Information Unit on 1 800 803 772.

Media contacts: Matt Brown, Senator Hill; 06 277 7640' 0419 693 515
Jim Cannon, Environment Australia; 06 274 1076

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