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Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

22 Jul 2009

CLIMATE READY GRANTS SUPPORT 180 GREEN JOBS

Senator Kim Carr, Innovation Minister, today announced $13.4 million in grants to 22 businesses for projects supporting around 180 green jobs under the Rudd Government's Climate Ready Program.

The $75 million Climate Ready Program offers matching grants from $50,000 to $5 million to help develop innovative solutions to climate change.

“These projects will improve the environment and support the type of high-wage, high-skill jobs that drive economic recovery,” Senator Carr said.

“It is part of the Rudd Government's commitment to work in partnership with our innovative companies to seize the opportunities presented by the global fight against climate change.

“Today’s announcement takes the total number of projects funded under the program to 73, worth more than $58 million and supporting around 760 jobs.

“Supporting green innovation and green jobs is vital in combating the effects of the worst global recession in 75 years.”

The funded projects will achieve concrete objectives such as reducing energy use and carbon emissions, and promoting waste recovery and water recycling.

Projects include:

• A NSW business awarded over $458,000 to develop a unique air conditioning system up to 12 times more power efficient than traditional systems. • A West Australian business awarded $2.6 million to create lightweight components for fuel-efficient transports. • A Queensland business awarded $500,000 to work on innovative equipment and processes for the recycling and recovery of green and organic waste.

Climate Ready is part of the Clean Business Australia initiative - a $240 million partnership over four years between the Rudd Government and

industry to deliver energy and water-efficient projects with a focus on productivity and innovation.

A full list of the successful Round 3 recipients is available at www.ausindustry.gov.au . For further information on the Climate Ready program visit the website, call 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.

Media Contact: Catriona Jackson, Minister's Office, 0417 142 238

Michelle Henderson, AusIndustry, 02 6276 1627 or 0432 697188