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Robert Hill to be Australian Carbon Trust Chair.



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Media Release

21 July 2009

Robert Hill to be Australian Carbon Trust Chair

The Australian Government today announced two major developments in the establishment of the Australian Carbon Trust - the innovative new body which will help Australian households contribute directly to reducing carbon pollution.

Professor Robert Hill will be appointed chair of the Board to be established for the Australian Carbon Trust.

The Trust’s headquarters will be established in Brisbane. This will complement the location of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University, helping make Brisbane a hub of

activity to tackle climate change in Australia.

The Australian Government has committed $75.8 million to establish the Australian Carbon Trust which will promote energy efficiency measures to households and businesses to help all Australians do their bit on climate change.

As chair, Professor Hill will work with the board to manage and implement the Trust’s two key initiatives; the Energy Efficiency Savings Pledge Fund and the Energy Efficiency Trust.

The Energy Efficiency Savings Pledge Fund will provide a web-based calculator so that households can calculate their energy use and the dollar savings that result from energy efficiency activities.

Individuals will be able to pledge the resulting savings, or any other amount, to the Pledge Fund to buy and cancel carbon pollution permits. This will enable individuals to directly contribute to achieving Australia’s emissions reduction targets. The Pledge Fund will be entirely voluntary and contributions will be tax deductible.

The Energy Efficiency Trust will bring together public and private seed funding, business skills and culture and technical knowledge to leverage investment in energy efficiency activities in commercial buildings and other business operations.

The Government expects the Australian Carbon Trust will be incorporated as a public company within the next six months, and a board of directors appointed.

Professor Hill has a distinguished record of public service. He was Senator for South Australia from 1981 to 2006 and is a former Minister for the Environment (1996-2001) and Minister for Defence (2001-2006). Professor Hill was Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations and is currently Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre.

The Australian Carbon Trust will be developed in collaboration with the Carbon Trust in the United Kingdom, which is a leader in working with business to cut carbon and develop commercial low carbon technologies.

Information relating to the Australian Carbon Trust and the establishment of the Board will be available on the Department of Climate Change website shortly.