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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Queensland a valuable partner for US green technology sector

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Queensland a valuable partner for US green technology sector

    LOS ANGELES: International partnerships in green technology, product and service sectors have the strong potential to help Queensland and our trading partners through the global economic crisis.

    This was the message when Trade Minister Stephen Robertson addressed 200 business and community leaders at the International Trade Outlook 2009 conference in Los Angeles this morning.

    Kicking off a trade mission to lead a delegation of 70 Queensland representatives to attend the BIO International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr Robertson said that Queensland’s focus on clean coal, solar energy, biofuels and biotechnology research and development in recent years made the State a prime candidate to build on valuable global partnerships.

    “Climate change and carbon emission issues – while a challenge for industry and business - also have significant potential to become a major driving force for business growth in the 21st century,” Mr Robertson said.

    “The Bligh Government’s Toward Q2 - Tomorrow’s Queensland - strategy aims to reduce Queensland’s carbon footprint by one-third by 2020.

    “The increased global focus on addressing climate change means that the demand for clean, green technologies, products and services is on the increase, and because of ongoing government and industry investment, Queensland is in a position to help meet much of that demand.

    “Our Q2 plan is to build new industries and refocus economies on achieving clean, green outcomes in the future.

    “Queensland has for several years invested in research and development of renewable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectricity, wave and tidal power, clean coal and biofuels.

    “Biotechnology is also emerging as a future avenue to achieve better environmental outcomes in areas like food and fuel production, and medicine.

    “In tough economic times, close international collaboration will continue to be a key to promoting and commercialising green technologies, which in turn has the potential to help get global economies back on track.

    Toward Q2 is about creating a strong, green economy and this trade mission and meetings such as this one will help create important partnerships to reach that goal.

    “Importantly, Queensland continues an active program to seek out new collaborations with our overseas partners, including in the USA, to invest in green technology to support international moves towards a cleaner future with lower carbon emissions,” Mr Robertson said.

    The International Trade Outlook 2009 conference is facilitated by the World Trade Center Association (WTCA) – Los Angeles and Long Beach and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The aim of the conference is to examine the outlook for international trade in the coming year and determine where the real opportunities lie in the international trade sector.

    The Los Angeles Customs District is the USA's largest international trade centre, based on value of two-way trade.

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