Commonwealth environment and industry policy is also supporting the competitive development of sustainable industries that are dependent on natural resources. These include forest products, environmental management, agriculture, tourism and mining. The Natural Heritage Trust programmes described in the following chapters will contribute to the sustainability of these industries.
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Eco-efficiency is about improving the efficiency of the use of natural resources. The Commonwealth Government is committed to the promotion and encouragement of the uptake of eco-efficiency in Australia, as a means to reduce depletion, pollution and waste, and increase productivity and profitability.
Cleaner Production--information will continue to be developed, updated and provided on the Internet, on cleaner production case studies in industry.
EnviroNet--this web site aims to promote environmental awareness and better environmental behaviour in the community and provide Australian companies with a suitable vehicle for promotion of their goods and services to domestic and export markets.
Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining--working with industry and the community to promote the voluntary adoption of best-practice environmental management in the mining industry, both domestically and internationally.
Mining Technology Promotion--raising awareness of best practice principles for sound environmental management in mining.
Best Practice Promotion in Tourism--to promote best environmental practice in order to minimise the impact of human activity on the environment.
International Environment Protection Programme--assists in the growth of Australia's environmental goods and services industries and to support environment protection in our region.
The Clean Hunter Centre--will promote new and innovative uses for recycled and recovered materials, and develop markets for recycled products.
Environment Industries Development Network--with the National Secretariat for Australian Environmental Industries and the CRC for Waste Management and Pollution Control, EIDN facilitates international industry and research and development collaboration, technology diffusion and networking, and information support systems for the environmental management industry. EIDN also operates an environmental technology website at www.environmenttechnology.com.
Environment Australia has developed a framework of cooperation with the Australian
Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), setting a high standard for both
industry and government in cooperation on achieving sustainable environment. Among other
institutions, APPEA, Environment Australia and the Western Australian Department of
Conservation and Land Management have been working towards the development of a
multiple-use conservation strategy to protect environmental and heritage values of
Commonwealth waters surrounding Montebello and Barrow Islands off the North West Shelf. It
is anticipated that this initiative may provide a model for cross-jurisdictional
management of multiple objectives in the marine environment.
The sustainable management of Australia's unique environment is important if Australia is to make the most of its international reputation as a tourist destination. The Government's efforts toward achieving an ecologically sustainable tourism industry are discussed in Chapter 4.
Contact: Environment Australia, Environment Protection Group -- 02 6274 1622
The Department of Industry, Science and Resources is responsible for policies and programs that foster the growth and competitiveness of Australian business, including suppliers of environmental goods and services, through encouragement of investment, research and innovation, market access and technology diffusion. The Department supported the establishment of the Environment Industries Development Network (EIDN) which aims to create industry networks to prove the technology capability of our environment management industry in the Australian and export markets
Contact: Department of Industry, Science and Resources -- 02 6213 7580