Supporting waste to energy projects
Sustainability and recycling are important issues facing our society in our current climate, both politically and morally. It is one of the most pressing and debated topics globally, and environmental impacts and climate change reaches into every corner and pocket of human civilisation.
There is no denying that our behaviours and practices need to change if we are continue to enjoy the lifestyles to which we have grown so accustomed.
The Victorian Labor Government is throwing its support behind projects and endeavours that seek to convert waste products into energy.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio affirms, “More and more businesses are looking at waste to energy projects to reduce costs.”
A Ballarat community energy group has received $71,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to determine whether waste wood and sawdust can be used to make briquettes for commercial and industrial use.
The Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) project is valued at $143,480 and will deliver a business case to determine the viability of diverting waste wood and sawdust from landfill to make briquettes.
BREAZE will look at the manufacture, distribution and transport of briquettes, with the aim of demonstrating how existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems can be converted to run on briquettes.
D’Ambrosio has announced the funding as part of the second round of the Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) grants. “We’re proud to support this initiative and the push to accelerate the uptake of waste to energy technology in the regions and generate more jobs and economic growth,” she says.
The NEJF allows for grants of between $20,000 and $1 million to bolster new energy technology projects that support the uptake of renewable energy, reduce emissions and assist community groups to develop their own projects.
Over 50 applications were received in round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving a total of $6.7 million in grants.
More information on the NEJF at: www.business.vic.gov.au.
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