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Greenhouse challenge a key to competitiveness

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Media Release 9 December 1998

Greenhouse Challenge a key to competitiveness

Australian industry called on the Federal Government today to continue to ensure national greenhouse measures maintained Australia’s international competitiveness.

“For that reason, Australian industry welcomes the role of Greenhouse Challenge in the National Greenhouse Strategy released on 26 November,” the executive director of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network. Mr John Eyles, said.

Mr Eyles was speaking at the Great Hall in Parliament House, Canberra, where a further 87 Australian enterprises signed Greenhouse Challenge Co-operative Agreements, bringing the total in force to more than 200.

“Greenhouse Challenge should be hailed a resounding success,” Mr Eyles said. “The program has proven very effective in allowing industry to be proactive in dealing with an extremely complex issue and achieving significant reductions in greenhouse emissions without threatening competitiveness or jobs.

The proven flexibility and effectiveness of the Greenhouse Challenge Program set a benchmark for other measures under the National Greenhouse Strategy, which recognises that our national interest lies in protecting jobs and maintaining the competitiveness of Australian industry "

Mr F.vles pointed out that industry had developed the Greenhouse Challenge Program in partnership with government and had taken thousands of individual actions to meet the commitments

“These actions need to be recognised and taken into account m any additional policies and measures under the National Gieenhouse Strategy, he said.

We must ensure that those who have taken the lead through the Greenhouse Challenge Program and those who are planning to join the program are rewarded and not disadvantaged in anv wav "

Further information: John Eyles

Executive Director AIGN 03 9270 6319