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Manufacturers & producers going green

06 April, 2011

A meat processor and dairy manufacturer are among sixteen Australian manufacturers going green to tackle climate change and ensure a healthier future for all Australians.

Sharing in funding of $4.4 million under the Australian Government’s Re-tooling for Climate Change Program the companies will transform their production lines so they use less water and emit less carbon.

Announcing the grants, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said green industries were the foundation for a stronger, greener economy. By acting now, Australian businesses would be well placed to compete in a world of rising energy costs.

"These grants provide manufacturers with the funds they need to get their ideas off the ground," Senator Carr said.

"Through innovation, they will cut their costs, reduce their waste, and boost their profits. That’s good news for consumers – and good news for the environment."

The projects announced include a new method for recycling the condensate created in juice manufacturing for use in the production process.

In addition to the Government’s $4.4 million investment in the 16 projects, an additional $5.3 million is being invested by private organisations.

"I welcome the leadership these companies are showing," Senator Carr said.

"The introduction of the carbon price will ensure every business puts energy efficiency at the core of their operations in the years ahead. The Government stands ready to help them prepare for a sustainable future through innovation."

For more information on the Gillard Labor Government’s support for business and manufacturing, visit www.ausindustry.gov.au and www.innovation.gov.au, phone 13 28 46, or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.

Source: Innovations Minister

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