Focal Point
Primary contact:
Mr Andrew McNee
Assistant Secretary
Strategic Advice Branch
Policy and Communications Division
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Ph: +61 2 6274 2490

Secondary contact:
Mr Benjamin Craig
Assistant Director
Climate Change and Environment Section
Environment Branch
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Phone: +61 2 6261 9641
Side Events at Rio+20

Green economy Practices/Policies/Initiatives in Australia
  • Green Skills Agreement
    The Australian Green Skills Agreement (2009) seeks to build the capacity of the vocational education and training (VET) sector to deliver the skills for sustainability and required in the workplace and to enable individuals, businesses and communities to adjust to and prosper in a sustainable, low-carbon economy.
  • Phase-Out of Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs
    The Australian Government announced that all inefficient light bulbs will be phased out in favor of more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
  • The Clean Energy Legislative Package
    The Clean Energy Legislative Package includes the carbon pricing mechanism and delivers support for jobs and competitiveness and Australian?s economic growth, while reducing pollution. Households will be assisted through tax reform and increased payments.
  • Water Smart Parks
    The City of Stirling has prepared a Water Smart Parks strategy. This initiative aims at water conservation and identifi es priority parks for: Ecozoning and hydrozoning, irrigation system retrofi ts, soil moisture probes and connecting to a centralised irrigation system.
Background papers/Position papers
  • Template Proposal for Rio+20 Outcomes Document
    For consideration at the Second Intersessional meeting in December 2011, Australia would like to propose the below template for the Rio+20 Outcomes document.

    This document does not represent a formal proposal by Australia, rather we suggest it as a tool to help catalyse discussion to find a practical way forward to clearly structure the outcomes of Rio+20. Australia welcomes any amendments or suggestions to the proposed template (please see contact details below) to ensure a format is agreed which addresses the needs and interests of all Member States.
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