Australia and USA to co-operate in renewable energy project

28 April 2004 – Australia and the United States had agreed to enhance cooperation on renewable energy projects, Environment Minister David Kemp said today after
meeting his US counterpart.

Dr Kemp and US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky, met in Washington to review developments under the US-Australia Climate Action Partnership (CAP).

Dr Kemp is in the US to attend the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City and meet with officials in Washington DC. CAP involves the US departments of State, Energy and Commerce, the US Environmental Protection Agency and their Australian counterparts on a range of renewable energy

It has 19 projects underway, covering technology development in renewable energy, carbon sequestration, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and clean coal technologies, as well as energy efficiency and climate change science.

“The parties announced that they will enhance their cooperation on renewable energy under the partnership,” Dr Kemp and Ms Dobriansky said in a joint statement.

Australian renewable energy industry representatives are planning missions to the US in May and August this year, which Dr Kemp expects to lead to the development of additional joint projects.

“At the meeting, the parties noted the importance of involving business in both project development and implementation,” Dr Kemp and Ms Dobriansky said.

“For example, Australia and the US are collaborating on the three synthetic greenhouse gas projects being undertaken by the Australian private sector.

“One of these involves an Australian company that is developing a technology to convert surplus ozone-depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases into commercially useful plastics, such as high temperature and pressure gaskets
used in engines.”

Other projects involve testing new air conditioning technology in trucks and developing and testing the environmental and energy performance of refrigeration
technology being developed in Australia.