$1 billion to help Australian manufacturing
On the 16 February 2012 the Gillard Government launched the ‘Clean Technology Investment Programs’, which are providing $1 billion in funding for manufacturers to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution.
The ‘Clean Technology Investment Programs’ will provide grants to help manufacturers buy new plant and equipment which cuts their energy costs or reduces carbon pollution, and include the $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program. They will also serve to support jobs and provide incentives for manufacturers to become more efficient, more competitive and more sustainable.
To assist businesses to better understand the how they can access the grant funding on offer, AusIndustry has held a number of information sessions , including one recently run on 7 March 2012 in Adelaide. Further, these information sessions have been delivered in association with key stakeholders including staff from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and have been attended by a wide variety of groups including industry associations, consultants, suppliers and manufacturers.
For further information regarding how your organisation may be able to gain access to the $1 billion on offer, go to www.ausindustry.gov.au and follow the links to the Clean Tech program.
Big Benefits for Business - Sustainability in Practice
Save money, resources and blitz your sustainability targets in a single bound!
Engineers Australia are holding an informative session highlighting the benefits of implementing an effective environmental management system (EMS) for businesses. Three speakers from the EPA, Oz Minerals and EnviroEngineering Solutions will outline examples of how they have elevated sustainability initiatives to drive strategies leading to increased profit, performance and productivity as well as address goals relating to corporate and social responsibility.
An opportunity to ask questions and discuss potential actions and outcomes will also be provided in a panel style discussion.
The event will commence at 5.30pm, Thursday 22 March 2012 at level 11, 108 King William Street Adelaide.
Waste to Resources EPP gets into full swing
Just a friendly reminder that, from 1 September 2012, the majority of wastes produced throughout metropolitan Adelaide are not able to be disposed of to landfill unless they have first been subjected to a resource recovery process.
In addition, there is a range of materials which are still progressively being banned from disposal to landfill.
The South Australian EPA is currently developing guidance materials regarding approval criteria for facilities, processing and the handling of banned wastes - as a basis to ensure the effective administration of the new requirements.
Further information can be found on the EPA website.