21 May 2004
AIS takes up Greenhouse Challenge
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) today signed up to the Australian Government's Greenhouse Challenge, contributing to a national effort to tackle global warming by introducing strategies to reduce energy emissions.
Under the Challenge, the Sports Commission and the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) have entered a cooperative agreement to improve energy efficient practices and to manage, monitor and reduce the energy emissions of plant and facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Speaking at the AIS today, ASC CEO Mark Peters welcomed the opportunity to join the Greenhouse Challenge and demonstrate the Commission's commitment to the environment.
'We are delighted to take part in the Greenhouse Challenge by introducing strategies that will contribute to Australia's efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,' Mr Peters said.
'The ASC has an excellent track record for managing its energy consumption over the last 10 years. We have achieved a substantial reduction in energy consumption compared to 1991 levels.
'Our goal is to cut emission of greenhouse gases by 490 tonnes a year. The Sports Commission will do this through a range of strategies designed to cut fuel consumption and waste.
'We will also promote an education campaign to inform staff and athletes about observing energy-efficient practices.'
Electricity powering AIS buildings and plant and office equipment is a prime source of greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2). The Sports Commission is committed to sourcing 10% of its power needs from 'green energy' as an integral part of its electricity supply contract. ASC strategies to conserve energy include:
Richard Howes, ASC Media & PR, 02 6214 1456 or 0408 662 123
The AIS is a major program of the Australian Sports Commission.