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Opening of CHOGRM energy management course

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The Minister for National Development and Energy, Senator

Sir John Garrick, today officially opened an Energy Management

Course being conducted over the period 1-19 March, 1982 for

participants from Commonwealth countries within the Asia/Pacific region. Delegates from Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Kiribati, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nauru, Tonga

and Western Samoa are attending the Course.

"The objective of the Course is to provide participants with

information on a range of energy management techniques and practices, with particular emphasis being placed on small scale


"It is envisaged that, on completion of the Course, participants will be in a position to develop national energy management programs so that the knowledge acquired can be passed on to

managers and engineers in all energy using organisations throughout their home countries."

Senator Carrick indicated that the Course, coordinated through

the Department of National Development and Energy, arose as part of Australia's contribution to the activities of the CHOGRM

(Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting) Consultative

Group on Energy. 1 .

In welcoming the participants to the first section of the Course in Melbourne, Senator Carrick commended the efforts of the

Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria, the South Australian Gas Company and the Energy Authority of New South Wales in planning

and developing the three-week Course in association with the

Department of National Development and Energy and added that he

saw the Course as a landmark in furthering the cause of better energy management not only in the 11 countries represented on

the Course but in Australia as well. Separate sections of the

Course are to be held in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

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Senator Garrick added that, in the countries in the Pacific and

. South East Asian Region, as elsewhere, there is the important, common objective of lowering our dependence on oil, and developing a more diversified mix of energy forms to support our economies,

"It is important, however, that in moving from oil to other energy forms, we ensure that the latter are used as efficiently as

possible. Otherwise much of the benefit will be lost."

' ' The benefits of better energy management are very real. And they can be reaped by all energy users, irrespective of the size of

their economies throughout the world."

The Minister said that for individual firms,, using energy more efficiently will lower costs and maintain and improve profitability

"Better energy management leads to a number of national benefits including reduced pressures on the balance of payments and all that

goes with that. It can also give rise to energy conservation industries, both equipment and service, and to less pollution of the environment."

Canberra 1 March 1982

Contact: Mr G.C. Gorrie

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