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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
11 August 1999
The road transport sector today became the latest industry group to join the Federal Government's campaign to combat global warming.
Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill today congratulated the road transport industry on joining Greenhouse Challenge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Senator Hill was speaking at Parliament House at the launch of the first Road Freight Environment and Greenhouse Challenge Workbook, a publication jointly funded by Greenhouse Challenge, an Australian Greenhouse Office program, and the Australian Trucking Association.
"The transport sector is significant to Australia's overall greenhouse gas emissions. Road transport, including light, heavy-haulage and passenger vehicles, produces 17 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions," Senator Hill said.
"Studies by the Australian Greenhouse Office show emissions from the transport industry are growing faster than in any other sector.
"Some 22 transport-related organisations have already demonstrated leadership and a responsibility to the community by joining Greenhouse Challenge. Another 15 have signed letters of intent to join the Challenge."
Greenhouse Challenge is a voluntary program. Members work with industry advisers to develop ways to achieve energy efficiency, which lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, increased profits and improved environmental performance.
"Members are showing that they are responsible corporate citizens by joining Greenhouse Challenge," Senator Hill said.
"The workbook illustrates ways operators can cut fuel consumption, waste and emissions and includes guidelines for those who wish to join Greenhouse Challenge.
"All members of the road freight industry interested in reducing their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions should consult the workbook.
"I recommend Greenhouse Challenge for any businesses seriously interested in improving their economic and energy efficiency and helping Australia meet our greenhouse gas targets under the Kyoto Protocol," Senator Hill said.
Rod Bruem, Senator Hill's office, 02 6277 7640 or 0411 128 582
Carol Bartley, Australian Greenhouse Office, 02 6274 1859 or 0412 994 800