The Government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Program has announced the first 13 grants, aimed towards helping Australian manufacturers reduce their energy bills.
Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, said these initial grants, worth $8.1 million, will help businesses install over $23 million of energy efficient equipment, geared towards developing a sustainable manufacturing sector.
Five grants from the Clean Technology Investment Program and eight from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program will support energy saving and low pollution projects.
“Projects funded include a new refrigeration system, voltage regulators, more efficient air conditioning and new packaging processes,” Mr Combet said.
“The Clean Technology Investment Programs are part of the Federal Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future. They deliver practical help for businesses to become more efficient, more competitive and more sustainable.”
Mr Combet announced the grants at Crafty Chef, a producer of frozen meals and finger food in Western Sydney. Crafty Chef welcomed the grant of $499,999 to introduce a new freezer system, which will see a reduction of carbon emissions intensity by more than 50 per cent.
“Successful manufacturers range from a specialised engineering firm to the manufacturer of aluminium cans to wine makers and producers of fresh avocado products,” Mr Combet said.
“Over coming years the Clean Technology Investment Programs are expected to support around 3,000 projects and help many manufacturers reduce their energy use.”
Manufacturers can apply at any time and AusIndustry will work with businesses to promote the Programs and help with applications.
The Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program provide $1 billion in funding to help manufacturers become cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable.
A list of the first 13 grants can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au
For more information on the Clean Technology Investment Programs: www.ausindustry.gov.au.