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Address at National Energy Efficiency Conference 2017

I had the pleasure of addressing the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2017 on 20 November. Having just arrived back from COP23 in Bonn, I was able to update the conference on the positive momentum on climate and energy issues.

The Turnbull Government is actively working to bring about a more efficient energy system, including through our National Energy Productivity Plan which will increase productivity by 40 per cent by 2030. Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, we are trialling pilot projects to reduce power bills and strain on the system through more efficiency energy management. Through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, we are partnering with the private sector to encourage Australian businesses that want to make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements with concessional financing.

This is an exciting area with the potential to deliver significant benefits to Australian businesses and households.

Launch of National Food Waste Strategy at inaugural Summit

Australians throw away 3.1 million tonnes of food – the equivalent to the weight of 17,000 jumbo jets! The Turnbull Government is committed to halving this waste by 2030 and, on 20 November, I launched a National Food Waste Strategy at the inaugural National Food Waste Summit in Melbourne.

Hosted by Annabel Crabb, the Summit was the culmination of many months of consultation with industry, academia, the not-for-profit sector and all tiers of government. Thanks to everyone involved – particularly, Food Innovation Australia Limited, the National Farmers Federation and OzHarvest.

Find out more about the Strategy here.

Leading the Australian Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Between 14 and 16 November, I led the Australian Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference – otherwise known as COP23 – in Bonn, Germany.

Representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered at the conference – the major climate change conference of the year – and, for the first time, a Pacific nation, Fiji, chaired the meeting as countries sought to work through the details of implementing the Paris Agreement.

In addition to holding bilateral meetings with Fiji, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, the UK, Germany and France, some of the highlights included:

Discussing blue carbon with Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

With Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, discussing practical initiatives on climate action.

  • Reiterating our support for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s focus on reducing emissions from the agriculture and waste sectors.

  • Highlighting how our Emissions Reduction Fund has encouraged and funded farmers and land holders to reduce emissions, increase productivity and improve the resilience of their crops and herds.

With New Zealand’s James Shaw, discussing the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Discussing the Green Climate Fund with Papua New Guinea’s Minister for the Environment and Conservation John Pundari.

Announcing the exportation of traditional fire management practices.

  • Announcing, alongside Indonesia, that Indonesia will host the third Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in 2018.

With Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, discussing the preservation of our forests.

Discussing the Asia Pacific Rainforest Partnership with Japan’s Environment Minister Masaharu Nakagawa.

Signing the MOU with Malaysia’s DS Wan Junaidi TJ.

As Australia is not alone in facing reliability and affordability challenges in the energy sector as we transition to a lower emissions future, COP23 was also a good opportunity to outline our recently announced National Energy Guarantee.

Discussing the Solar Alliance and our National Energy Guarantee with India’s Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Discussing potential areas of cooperation with the White House’s Chief Climate Adviser George David Banks.

You can watch below or read here my delivery of Australia’s National Statement or read my opinion piece about the conference and published in The Mercury here.

Visit to London

From 11 to 13 November, just prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, I visited London to meet with government and industry counterparts on energy and environmental issues.

I met with both Minister for Energy and Industry Richard Harrington and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove and conveyed recent developments in Australia’s energy and climate policy areas.

Meeting with British counterpart Richard Harrington.

Meeting with other British counterpart Michael Gove.

I delivered a speech on the future of Australia’s energy market to the Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce. This was an important opportunity to showcase to key energy businesses in the UK how the Turnbull Government plans to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system through the National Energy Guarantee.

Speech at the Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce.

I met with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) too, the UK energy market regulator and rule maker, and discussed the similar energy challenges facing our two countries.

And I visited Imperial College London to see the work they are doing on carbon capture and storage.

Meeting with Ofgem.

At Imperial College.

With Imperial College students.

As I was there on 11 November, it was an honour to also attend Remembrance Day commemorations at the Cenotaph on Whitehall and a reception hosted by Australian High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer.

With Alexander Downer and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson at Remembrance Day commemorations.

Visit to Abode Living

On 10 November, it was great to visit Abode Living in Camberwell.

Run by a father son team Robert and Ben Adair, Abode Living is a local family business employing more than 25 people that manufactures and sells bed linens, feather and down products and home wares.

Businesses like this have benefited from the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts and cuts of more than $5.8 billion in federal regulation red tape and compliance costs.

More information about Abode Living here

Visit to Boroondara Stroke Support Group

On 10 November, I was delighted to visit the Boroondara Stroke Support Group (BSSG) in Kew - an amazing group of people providing excellent support services for stroke survivors.

It was terrific to see the rehabilitation equipment that was purchased thanks to a $16,000 Federal Government Stronger Communities Program grant at work.

I applaud the work of the BSSG, which is a model for additional stroke hubs being established across Victoria.

Kew Senior Centre fitted with rooftop solar panels

On 10 November, I was pleased to visit the Kew Senior Centre to see the installation of solar panels funded courtesy of the Turnbull Government's Solar Communities Program.
The Solar Communities Program provides funding for community groups in Kooyong and around Australia to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems.
Kew Senior Centre received $15,000 from the Solar Communities Program to assist with the cost of installing solar panels at the Centre. This will help lower the Centre’s power bills and plays an important part in reducing Australia’s emissions and any savings can go back to providing valuable services for seniors in the community. 

Visit to Via Verona, Kew

Via Verona café on High Street, Kew has been a popular destination for people of all ages for more than a decade.

Providing great coffee and jobs for young people, Via Verona is just one of 23,000 businesses in Kooyong.

On 10 November, it was great to chat to the owner George about how the Turnbull Government’s initiatives are supporting business to grow, invest and hire through tax cuts for small and medium businesses and the instant asset write-off, taken up by more than 2,000 local businesses.

Kew Traders

On 10 November, it was great to chat with local traders from Kew including Dr Moh Dadafarin of the Ear & Hearing Australia, Mr Matthew Jafarzadeh of the Instant Laser Clinic, Mr Alan Giffard of G2 Accounting, Ms Janie Bailey of Imago Relationships Boroondara and Mr Tony Harika of the QPO Restaurant, about the Turnbull Government’s small business initiatives that encourages growth and employment.

We also discussed the $100,000 Federal Government Safer Communities grant that will see the installation of CCTVs in the precinct.

Visit to Star Pharmacy, Kew

On 10 November, I visited Star Pharmacy in Kew and spoke to the owners, Freda and Con, and staff about the importance of good health and ensuring a robust health system.

The Turnbull Government understands how important your health is to you and your family. That’s why since coming into Government we have listed over 1,500 new drugs to the PBS and have invested over $23 billion into Medicare this year.


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