MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 01, 2000 (Energy24)—Australian Environment Minister Robert Hill said the government wanted to resolve a deadlock over renewable energy legislation before a mid-November international meeting on greenhouse gas emissions.

The meeting in the Netherlands will discuss details of implementing the Kyoto Protocol to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia has committed to limit its emissions to 108 per cent of 1990 levels by 2010, a target seen by some countries as overly generous.

“Now as we continue our negotiations and try and settle the detail of Kyoto in a way that is fair to Australia, it helps in those negotiations if we can show as background that we are doing our fair share at home,” Hill told reporters.

The Australian Democrats have threatened to block the legislation, due to start taking effect from January, as it would allow burning of waste wood from native forests as one of the permitted renewable energy fuel sources.

The government has estimated that the bill will attract A$2 billion (US$1.02 billion) investment in the renewable energy industry.

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