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Notice given 7 August 2007

842  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol), arguably the most successful multilateral environmental agreement and that since 1987, the Montreal Protocol has resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in global emissions of ozone depleting substances through the use of binding controls with strict compliance measures, financing mechanisms and trade restrictions,

(ii) the Montreal Protocol has already postponed the impacts of climate change by approximately 10 years, because the ozone depleting substances also have extremely high global warming potentials,

(iii) a number of parties to the Montreal Protocol have proposed amendments to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in order to further delay these impacts by preventing the emission of approximately 2.5 gigatonnes of C0 2 equivalent, and

(iv) that an accelerated HCFC phase-out gives environmentally-friendly alternatives a fairer chance to compete on the market, particularly as alternatives exist for HCFCs in all applications, and that additional measures are needed to ensure natural refrigerants are used in preference to hydrofluorocarbons which are themselves potent industrial greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol; and

(b) calls on the Government to support the recommendations of the Stockholm Group, the Environmental Investigation Agency and the parties proposing amendments to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase-out of HCFCs at the 19th meeting of the parties in Montreal, Canada, to be held in September 2007.

On 16 August 2007

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on private equity markets.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s public diplomacy.

 

Three sitting days after today (10 September 2007)

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion