Up to $2M is available from Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund to support the development of waste to energy technologies.
Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund
The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of waste to energy infrastructure which achieves greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction through the recovery of organic waste and other waste that is not able to be captured through higher order application of the waste hierarchy.
The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund is part of the State Government’s Climate Change Innovation and Jobs initiative. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including through a long term emissions reduction target for Victoria of net zero emissions by 2050. The program will support investment in renewable energy technologies that will assist in meeting this target, as well as the Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 25 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2030. Increased recovery of waste will also help to reduce our reliance on landfills, one of the key objectives of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.
Objectives of the grant program are:
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions abatement*
- Diversion of waste, especially diversion of commercial and industrial (C&I) food waste from metropolitan Melbourne
- Social benefit
- Local economic benefit (within the local government or neighbouring local governments)
- Partnerships, e.g. co-location opportunities for energy recovery from waste and energy use.
- Capability to deliver and the robustness of the business case at Stage 2.
*The tonnes of GHG emissions abated as a result of:
- The substitution of energy sourced from finite resources (e.g. fossil fuels) by renewable energy from waste (in MJ or kWh), based on the National Greenhouse Account Factors – August 2016.
- The diversion of organic waste from landfill (please note that proponents cannot claim landfill avoidance GHG abatement for any biomass input to the waste to energy project that would not normally be sent to landfill), based on the National Greenhouse Account Factors – August 2016.
Projects are required, as a minimum, to have matched funding in the ratio of 25% SV to 75% industry, or 33% SV to 67% local government (i.e. $1 SV: $3 industry or $1 SV: $2 for local government).
The final grant amount will be negotiated with successful applicants.
Funding is being made available for waste to energy infrastructure projects (new infrastructure or upgrades) that lead to an increase in GHG abatement, and will result in additional environmental and social benefits to the local community.
Successful applicants must:
- deliver the project as outlined in their full application
- monitor and evaluate the project as appropriate
- provide update reports to SV at agreed milestones including evidence of expenditure
- include time to complete reporting and evaluation when resourcing the project
- provide facilities with appropriate security
- collect and release data for up to five years, and participate in, project evaluation conducted by SV
- be prepared to participate in the running of site tours and the development of a video case study supported by a written case study of the project
- provide evidence that occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues are addressed
- meet all applicable land use planning, environmental and health and safety requirements.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet the following Eligibility Criteria:
- The applicant must:
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be an operating business for at least 12 months
- meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirement of the grant ($1 SV: $3 industry or $1 SV: $2 for local government)
- have not had any Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover Authority violations in the past five years, unless:
- the violations were not serious
- the violations have been satisfactorily resolved
- the applicant has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated and
- since the violation, the applicant has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and WorkCover Authority legislation
- agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions of SV’s Funding Agreement and Terms of Participation in a Grant Program located at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/wtegrant
- the site has been selected and is located in Victoria
- the budget meets or exceeds the minimum co-contribution requirement for the fund
- the technology that converts waste into energy has already been selected by the applicant
- the applicant can demonstrate to SV’s satisfaction that the technology has an appropriate technical and commercial track record in Australia and / or internationally
- there is an estimated abatement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result of the project
- the applicant can estimate, to SV’s satisfaction, inputs and outputs including potential markets for process outputs.
- the applicant agrees to facilitate tours of the facility and assist the preparation of a video and written case study
- the project must not have already commenced, or plan to commence prior to funding being contracted
- the project will be completed (infrastructure commissioned) by 31 December 2019
- the applicant can demonstrate to SV’s satisfaction why the project needs government support.
Applications close 3 April 2017.
The Andrews Labor Government has released a discussion paper on converting waste to energy to support the development of new technologies, including anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment of waste.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio released the paper today during a visit to Shepparton, where she also announced five grants from the $2.38 million Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund.
The grants will help businesses and water corporations upgrade waste management practices and support projects that will deliver almost 1MW of renewable energy capacity per annum:
- Western Region Water Corporation will receive $802,784 to collect organic waste material and generate energy
- Diamond Valley Pork will receive $284,929 to install an anaerobic digester to improve waste management and generate energy and nutrient rich digestate
- East Gippsland Region Water Corporation will receive $209,765 to enhance an existing bio-digester to process septic tank waste, food waste, fats, oils and greases
- Nestle Australia will receive $182,510 to create a system where organic waste from starch based soft confectionery is used for bioenergy
- Resource Resolution will receive $900,000 to help it build an anaerobic digester to divert local commercial food waste and other organics from landfill
The emissions saved through this program is equivalent to removing 16,500 cars from the road or the energy consumption of 7,000 homes.
The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund was announced in the 2016 State Budget as part of the Government’s Climate Change innovation and Jobs Initiative.
Feedback received on the discussion paper will help inform the Labor Government’s development of a waste to energy policy, to be released in 2018.
To read the discussion paper visit engage.vic.gov.au/waste/wastetoenergy.