The first 13 grants from the Gillard Government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help manufacturers reduce their energy bills. The Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, said the initial grants, worth $8.1 million, will help businesses install over $23 million of energy efficient equipment. Five grants from the Clean Technology Investment Program and eight from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program will support energy saving and 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 received a grant of $499,999 to introduce a new freezer system that will reduce its 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.
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The list includes Bega Cheese, De Bortoli Wines, Fonterra and other food and beverage manufacturers.