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Australia to help China to reduce greenhouse emissions

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A new greenhouse initiative with China was today announced by the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Warwick Parer.

Senator Parer said he had approved a $200,000 grant to Pacific Power International (PPI) to enable them to work with Zhejiang Provincial Electric Power Company (ZPEPC) in China to improve the economic and environmental performance of power generation.

"Improving power station performance in Asian developing economies is a cost effective way of achieving very large reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

"Essentially, the two power companies will take part in a 'power plant improvement study'.

"The study will identify low cost solutions to improve the greenhouse performance of existing Chinese power stations.

"It will also demonstrate the capabilities of Australian industry to improve economic and environmental performance through the supply of Australian coals and clean coal technology and advice."

Senator Parer said the study would make an important contribution to demonstrating Australia's commitment to help develop China's power sector.

"The importance of coal as Australia's largest export commodity means it is crucial to support initiatives of this nature," he said.

"As well as demonstrating the contribution Australia can make to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the project will showcase the environmental benefits of Australian coals. And at the same time as we are promoting Australia's coal and energy services industries, we will also be gaining valuable feedback for-pse by those

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"The study is expected to be complete by mid 1998."

Senator Parer said refurbishing Asia's inefficient coal power stations had the potential to reduce C 0 2 emissions by approximately 60 million tonnes which is around half Australia's total emissions from all its coal fired power stations.

Further information: ‘ Senator Parer's office Bob Baudino (0419) 438 818

DPIE John Karas (02) 6272 4860