August 12, 2008

Australian Trade Minister Addresses Guangzhou “Clean Energy” Seminar

Text of media release carried by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website on 12 August

Addressing the opening session of a clean energy seminar in Guangzhou in southern China today, Australia's minister for trade, Mr Simon Crean, highlighted the critical role clean energy will play in tackling the global challenge of climate change, and encouraged Australian and Guangdong companies to develop commercial cooperation in clean energy.

"Australia recognizes the need to embrace clean energy and technology as the major platform for our abatement efforts. The rapidly growing overseas markets for clean energy and renewable energy technologies and services - like that in China - offers greater scale than is possible in Australia alone and presents a major opportunity for our exporters," Mr Crean said.

"Guangdong is one of China's wealthiest provinces, and also one of the largest emitters of carbon in China. There is a great opportunity for Australian providers of environmental technologies to take an active role in assisting Guangdong move towards a more energy efficient economy.

"Australia's exports of LNG to southern China already make an important contribution to lowering emissions from power generation in this region. Through activities such as this seminar, Australian companies can strengthen existing relationships with the key players in the southern China energy sector, and hopefully create new linkages.

"The joint efforts to introduce Australian clean energy technology in southern China will build upon the commitment reaffirmed during Prime Minister Rudd's visit to Beijing in April and again this week for both Australia and China to hold annual meetings at ministerial level to strengthen our cooperation on climate change," said Mr Crean.

The clean energy seminar was organized by Austrade as part of an Australian clean energy mission visit to Beijing and Guangzhou.

Companies participating in the clean energy mission include a world leader in wind energy development, Roaring 40s from Tasmania, which has fast become the leading international wind energy developer in China; Arrow Energy, a leading integrated energy company that develops coal bed methane fields throughout Australia and Asia; Indigo Technologies, which assists in reducing emissions from fossil fuel furnaces; Landfill Gas and Power Pty Ltd, a provider of renewable energy sourced from landfill waste; and Village Green Environmental Solutions Pty ltd, a leader in the field of emissions, water and waste auditing.

Originally published by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, Canberra in English 12 Aug 08.

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