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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
1 October 1999
Australia's push to reduce household greenhouse gasses has taken another step forward with new energy efficiency standards being introduced for refrigerators and electric hot water heaters.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said the reform was a win for the environment and consumers, with households benefiting from lower electricity bills.
"Fridges and hot water heaters are two of the biggest everyday consumers of energy in Australian homes. From today all new appliances will have to comply with strict new energy performance standards.
"With Australia's households accounting for almost 20 percent of our national greenhouse gas emissions, reforms such as this are necessary to help us meet our overall reduction target," Senator Hill said.
"The greenhouse savings produced by this initiative and a revised appliance labelling scheme to be launched next year will be in the order of 2.0Mt of greenhouse gasses each year by 2010."
"Consumers will also directly benefit with a drop in their overall energy consumption and consequent reduction in bills following the purchase of new generation, more energy efficient appliances," Senator Hill said.
"Modelling by the Australian Greenhouse Office shows that the extra purchase price of producing energy efficient appliances will be recouped two to three times over in lower running costs for the life of the product."
Senator Hill praised the proactive role of the appliance manufacturers in achieving the new standards.
"I applaud their decision to make the capital investment and to undertake the technology development necessary to make these greenhouse friendly appliances. The production of these water heaters and similar improvements in the refrigerators manufactured and imported into Australia represents proof of the Commonwealth's commitment to meeting the greenhouse challenge in close collaboration with industry," Senator Hill said.
Rod Bruem, Senator Hill's office, 02 6277 7640, 0419 258 364
Carol Bartley, Australian Greenhouse Office, 02 6274 1859 or 0412 994 800