Eco Innovator November 2011

Government Policy

Support for Clean Energy Manufacturers

Manufacturers who want to be part of the Federal Government's clean energy future will be supported through the $1.2 billion Clean Technology Program.

This will provide grants to manufacturers to support investments in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-pollution technologies. It will also support research and development in renewable energy, low pollution technology and energy efficiency.

With a major economic reform and industry transformation, now is the time for government, industry and academia to build stronger partnerships to foster a culture of innovation, said the minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet.

Helping turn new ideas into reality will be important. "An example of this collaboration will be Carlton Connect at the University of Melbourne. This is a large-scale innovation hub that aims to bring together the University, government and the private sector to undertake cross-disciplinary research and develop solutions, in particular in energy and climate change.

"It will target innovation in low emissions technologies as well as geo-engineering and will be focused on basic through to pre-commercialization research, where there is currently a real gap.

"By concentrating public and private resources, it addresses the fragmentation of the research effort that has characterized Australian efforts in recent years," he said.





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