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Media Release from the Shadow Minister for Sustainability, the Environment & Heritage Member for Wills Friday, 9 January 2004

Scores quit Greenhouse Challenge

Seventy-seven companies dropped out of the Howard Government’s Greenhouse Challenge Program last year. By 30 June, 50 companies had left, according to the response to a Question on Notice I lodged in October, while another 27 companies left between July and December.

These companies left rather than comply with the reporting requirements of the Greenhouse Challenge Program.

It is increasingly clear that Australian companies are losing interest in reporting their greenhouse gas emissions, let alone containing them.

Companies are exiting the Greenhouse Challenge Program because the message they are getting from the Howard Government in not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol is that this Government is not fair dinkum on greenhouse.

They are taking the view that if the Government is not interested in the climate change issue, why should they bother making an effort?

The Howard Government’s Greenhouse strategy seems to be unravelling at the very time when the evidence says we need it the most.

Just yesterday the largest collaboration of scientists ever to study the impact of climate change on wildlife has concluded that climate change is the biggest new extinction threat.

I am today writing to the Greenhouse Office seeking a briefing on the extent of reporting compliance by companies signed up to the Greenhouse Challenge Program. The public is entitled to know how many companies are actually reporting their greenhouse emissions, and what these figures reveal.

For Further Information: Kelvin Thomson MP Phone: 03 9350 5777 Mobile: 0419 594 882 Rebecca Jones Phone: 03 9350 5777 Mobile: 0412 639 453