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Ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA 137 16 October 2007

MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP ON CLEAN DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE

I welcome the successful conclusion of the second ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate in New Delhi.

The Partnership brings together Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, USA and now Canada to address climate change. Over 220 Ministers, senior officials and industry representatives including from BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Leighton Constructions and Santos attended the meeting, ensuring a high level of discussion and engagement. The Australian delegation was led by Jan Adams, Ambassador for the Environment.

The Partnership has endorsed 110 collaborative projects since its inaugural meeting in Sydney in January 2006. All Partner countries have brought significant expertise and resources to ensure the success of these projects. The Ministerial meeting in New Delhi additionally recognised 18 flagship projects that exemplify what can be achieved when we harness the determination of government and the entrepreneurship of the private sector.

These flagship projects include the development of a low or zero emissions technology that can be retrofitted to existing power stations and the building of a 2MW (megawatt) demonstration plant in Victoria that combines high efficiency photovoltaic solar cells with relatively low cost other materials to allow for generation of large-scale affordable electricity.

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over five years which has financed 64 projects. The Government recently announced a further $50 million to fund additional Partnership projects.

I welcome the launch in New Delhi of the “Asia-Pacific Energy Technology Co-operation Centre. This Centre will enhance the dissemination of energy efficiency knowledge and sharing of best practices among the governments and industries of the Partner countries. It will also work closely with the Asia-Pacific Network for Energy and Technology (APnet) announced at the recent APEC meeting in Sydney.

The Asia Pacific Partnership is pursuing those practical technologies that will be vital in fighting climate change. All Partners agree that this is important work which is complementary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Australia is calling for all countries at this years conference in Bali to join in agreeing on a new mandate for the UNFCCC to move beyond Koyoto to forge a comprehensive new agreement that leads to global reduction in emissions.