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Media Release

Senator Nick Minchin

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources



9 December 1999



Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, today launched the Emerging and Renewable Energy Action Agenda , a partnership between industry and government that will help develop the future growth strategy for the industry.

"There is a growing national and international demand for energy with a relatively low environmental impact and this Action Agenda has been designed to ensure Australia capitalises on this opportunity.

"Australia has a relative abundance of renewable energy resources and, with its strong R&D base, is competent in applying related technologies such as photovoltaic cells, solar thermal collectors, turbines, storage batteries, inverters and systems software.

"The challenge for industry, government and the community is to turn our obvious capabilities in emerging and renewable energy into a world-class, multi-billion dollar industry.

"A more sustainable industry will attract investment, promote growth and create jobs for Australians", Senator Minchin said.

The Action Agenda leadership group will be chaired by BP Amoco regional president Greg Bourne and includes chief executive officers from leading companies in the emerging and renewable energy industry.

The development of an Action Agenda for Renewable Energy was announced by Prime Minister John Howard in his 1997 Investing for Growth industry statement and is identified as a key initiative in the National Greenhouse Strategy.

It is planned that the findings of the Action Agenda will be announced on 1 March 2000 at the Industry Outlook 2000 Conference.

A discussion paper on the emerging and renewable energy industry is available on the Industry, Science and Resources website at

Renewable energy sources including solar, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal and hydro-power and emerging technologies such as ceramic fuel cells provide the opportunity for more efficient, low emission energy delivery systems.

Contact : Kate Harvey, Senator Minchin's office, 02 6277 7580

Craig Pennifold, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, 02 6213 7580




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