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Food and beverage manufacturers receive decarbonisation grants

Food and Beverage manufacturers are among ten businesses that have been provided a total of $1.98 million in grants from The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to deploy novel renewable technologies.

Awarded as part of ARENA’s work to drive industrial decarbonisation, the grants will support businesses in sectors such as food and beverage manufacturing, to undertake feasibility studies.

Eligible sectors include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, gas supply, water supply, waste services, and data centres.

ARENA CEO, Darren Miller said the studies demonstrate a range of industrial energy users that are taking steps to reduce emissions.

“Meeting Australia’s emissions reduction targets will require businesses in Australia’s most energy intensive industries making actionable plans to incorporate renewables in their operations,” Mr Miller said.

“The grants we’ve announced today are for businesses eager to get on the front foot, looking to deploy renewable energy technologies in new ways.”

Among the grants, G&K O’Connor received $399,503 to achieve comprehensive decarbonisation for a meat processing facility in Pakenham, Vic.

George Weston Food also received a sizeable grant of $242,924 to modernise refrigeration infrastructure at a smallgoods facility in Castlemaine, Vic.

Other companies that received funding in the food and beverage sector include:

  • $116,397 for Brown Family Wine Group to investigate the requirements for low emissions and energy efficiency technologies at a winery in Milawa, Vic.
  • $205,000 for Beston Global Food Company for site-wide energy efficiency and electrification projects at its cheese plant in Jervois, SA.
  • $147,800 for Bindaree Beef to investigate biomass processing options to harness energy from waste at a meat processing facility in Inverell, NSW.

ARENA’s industrial decarbonisation programs include the $400 million Industrial Transformation Stream (ITS) and the $40 million National Industrial Transformation (NIT) Program.

The ITS and NIT Programs support feasibility and engineering studies and demonstration and deployment for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electrification projects for Australian industries.

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