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Have your say on $1.2 billion clean technology programs

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research GREG COMBET AM MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Thursday, 22 September 2011 HAVE YOUR SAY ON $1.2 BILLION CLEAN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS Australian businesses and industry groups can have their say on the Gillard Labor Government’s $1.2 billion Clean Technology programs, which are being developed to help manufacturers improve their energy efficiency and protect our environment. Releasing a discussion paper, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet encouraged industry to respond and work with the Government to realise the true potential for clean technology to transform Australian manufacturing so it is competitive in the global markets of the future. “The clean energy programs will reshape our economy, cut carbon pollution and drive innovation as we take action to tackle climate change,” Minister Combet said. “They will support jobs and keep Australian industry strong while creating incentives to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency. This will ensure the economy remains competitive in a world which is moving to reduce carbon pollution,” Senator Carr said. The ministers said a series of targeted consultation workshops around the country would give industry the opportunity to discuss the paper and give feedback that would guide the final design of the Clean Technology programs. “We encourage all businesses and industry groups to offer their insights either at the consultation workshops or in a submission response to the discussion paper,” Senator Carr said. “The Clean Technology programs — part of the Government’s Clean Energy Future package — will provide investment grants to manufacturers for energy-efficient capital equipment, low-pollution technologies, processes and products, research and development (R&D) in renewable energy, low-pollution technology and energy efficiency,” Minister Combet said. The discussion paper is available at Responses should be sent to by Friday, 21 October 2011. Grant applications are expected to open in 2012. Media contacts: Minister Carr’s Office, 02 6277 7580 Minister Combet’s Office, Mark Davis, 02 6277 7920 Michelle Clement, Department, 02 6213 7669 / 0420 962 558