Australia to Mitigate Climate Change with Clean Energy

Six of Australia’s leading companies recently declared that “Climate change is a major business risk and we need to act now,” in a joint statement by the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change. Business and government leaders are in agreement with 98% of the world’s scientists, states the release from the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), who say we need to deploy clean energy solutions now if we are to halt runaway greenhouse gas emissions.

“On global warming, I have spent an enormous amount of my time getting to understand the problem and getting to understand the solutions,” said Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, last October, “and I think the Australian Government owes it to the public to tell it like it is — it is a very serious threat to Australia.” Thus the focus of a conference to convene in Brisbane May 3 and 4 will address climate change: Australia’s sustainable energy industry, Australian Government policies on greenhouse gas abatement and carbon emissions trading, clean energy projects, and the latest research and news from all clean energy sectors — wind power, hydro, biomass, geothermal, cogeneration, solar and gas-fired generation. The Annual BCSE Sustainable Energy Conference and Exhibition 2006 will bring together key industry players in the clean energy sector, State and Federal Government leaders and research experts with news, opinion and up-to-the-minute statistics. Executives from industry giants such as Origin, CSR, Pacific Hydro, AGL, BP Solar, and ABN AMRO will rub shoulders with investors, environmentalists, politicians, emerging clean energy businesses and technology developers. Moving Beyond Kyoto is the topic of the opening address on May 3 by Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell, Australia’s Environment Minister. The next topic urges the Australian Government to act now on climate change to prevent serious costs to Australian agriculture, tourism and business. Other topics explore what role local governments can take in delivering sustainable energy projects, developing and deploying clean energy, and accessing current financing mechanisms for emission reductions. The Clean Energy Report 2006 will be released at the conference. Presentations will also investigate the future of clean energy deployment under the national Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET), as well as state-based renewable energy targets and greenhouse-gas abatement schemes in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Other highlights include site visits to sustainable energy projects, the launch of a new Asia-Pacific regional secretariat of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), a Financing Renewable Energy Seminar, an exports workshop and trade exhibition.
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