While the program may have closed in November 2013, the Government is still funding projects in February 2014. Rheem Australia receives $1.6M that results in the shutting down of two factories in Australia.
The Clean Technology Investment Program is an $800 million competitive, merit-based grants program. It will support Australian manufacturers to maintain competitiveness in a carbon constrained economy, through investments in energy efficient capital equipment and low pollution technologies, processes and products.?
Still Funding Projects
While the program may have closed in November 2013, the Government is still funding projects in February 2014. Since December it has funded over $20M of projects including:
- Austral Bricks receives $11M to establishment of a new, more efficient brickmaking facility largely fuelled by sawdust.
- Austral Bricks receives $2.3 M to incorporate biogenic fuel to partially offset fuel consumption and upgrade old equipment with new energy efficient equipment.
- Rheem Australia receives $1.6M to consolidate five manufacturing facilities into three centres of excellence and replace aging machinery with more energy efficient equipment
- Bruck Textiles receives $700k to replace old, inefficient dyeing equipment with more efficient equipment and undertake various boiler and steam system improvements
To be eligible to apply for Clean Technology Investment Program funding, an applicant must have met one or more of the prescribed energy or emissions thresholds in the 12 month period before submitting an application
- used at least 300 megawatt hours of electricity; or
- used at least 5 terajoules of natural gas; or
- used a mix of fuels and/or electricity that results in the emissions of at least 0.27 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent Or be directly liable under the carbon pricings mechanisms.
Examples of eligible Clean Technology Investment Program projects could include:
- supporting the development of products and adoption and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and/or carbon emissions at manufacturing facilities;
- projects establishing new facilities that replace existing eligible manufacturing facilities;
- process re-engineering involving the adoption of energy or carbon efficient manufacturing;
- supporting the conversion of facilities from coal to natural gas;
- investing in cogeneration plants; and
- assistance with the implementation of energy efficiency opportunities for example:
- improved design in production systems
- behavioural changes e.g. reducing unnecessary usage
- intelligent control systems for production and factory management
- waste heat recovery, including co-generation, insulation, heat exchange recovery on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, condenser heat recovery in industrial refrigeration
- intelligent lighting, including improved lighting design, efficient lighting technology and control systems
- improved efficiency for refrigeration and HVAC systems, including improved technology,maintenance, controls, set points, sensor location, rapid heat load shedding
- improved electrical motor efficiency, including high efficiency motors, system design, motor starting systems, variable speed/load motors and control systems (reducing number of start times)