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Combet launches Newcastle landfill gas generator.



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change

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GC 20/09 26 August 2009

COMBET LAUNCHES NEWCASTLE LANDFILL GAS GENERATOR

Greg Combet, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, today launched the Newcastle Landfill Gas Generator, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions emitted by landfill waste and create renewable energy.

“I‟m delighted to officially launch the Newcastle Landfill Gas Generator here in my electorate of Charlton,” Mr Combet said.

“The Newcastle Landfill Gas Generator will combust methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas, at the same time producing renewable bioenergy that will displace fossil-fuels.”

“Facilities like the Newcastle Landfill Gas Generator help Australia move towards a more sustainable future, by reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources for electricity generation.”

“This significant environmental project will generate enough renewable electricity to power around 3000 homes in our region”.

The new facility has been installed at the Summerhill Waste Management Facility to recover energy from landfill waste at the site.

“Gases emitted by the decomposing waste, including methane, are extracted and used to power two one megawatt electricity generators which feed power into the electricity grid”

“Tackling the challenge of climate change is one of the Australian Government‟s highest priorities,” Mr Combet said.

“Last week, the Government delivered on a key election commitment to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia‟s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020, by securing agreement in Parliament to pass the Renewable Energy Target legislation (RET).”

“This will foster innovation in renewable energy technologies, unlock billions of dollars of new investments and create thousands of „green‟ jobs in regional and urban areas. For example, the Generator being launched today will benefit under the RET.”

“In ten years time the amount of electricity coming from sources like solar, wind, biomass and geothermal will be around the same as all of Australia‟s current household electricity use.”

“But Parliament still has important work to do and must pass the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme to ensure Australia is in the best position to tackle climate change. Without the CPRS, Australia‟s carbon pollution will be 20 per cent higher in 2020 than in 2000.”

Media contact: Rod Hilton 0458 276 619