$8m energy-efficiency grants for manufacturers

Greg Combet, Minister for Industry and Innovation recently announced the first 13 grant recipients of the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs at Crafty Chef, a frozen meals and finger food producer in Western Sydney.

Five of the awarded grants come from the Clean Technology Investment Program and eight from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, totalling $8.1 million.

Crafty Chef received a $499,999 grant to install a new freezer system that will reduce its carbon emissions by more than 50%.

“Projects funded include a new refrigeration system, voltage regulators, more efficient air conditioning and new packaging processes,” Combet said.

“Over coming years, the Clean Technology Investment Programs are expected to support around 3000 projects and help many manufacturers reduce their energy use,” said Combet.

AusIndustry will work with businesses to promote the programs and assist with applications. Manufacturers can apply at any time.

More information and a list of the first 13 grants can be found on the AusIndustry website.