$75mill climate ready program takes off

The Australian Federal Government’s Climate Ready program is officially taking applications.

The Australian Federal Government’s Climate Ready program is officially taking applications.

According to the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr, Senator Kim Carr, the Climate Ready program will support Australian businesses developing new products, processes and services to tackle climate change by providing dollar-for-dollar support for research and development, proof-of-concept and early-stage commercialisation activities.

Applicants can apply for grants ranging from $50,000 to $5 million.

“It is vital that the Australian Government work in partnership with our innovative companies to address the challenge of climate change,” Carr said.

“Innovative products and processes that help tackle global warming can also create high-wage, high-skill jobs for the future, which is in all our interests.

“A huge global market is developing for clean and green technologies. Australian industry has the creativity and drive to deliver to world markets in this area,” he said.

Carr said that applications for grants are welcome for any company developing innovative solutions to address climate change impacts.

“A broad range of applications are expected in areas as diverse as water recycling, waste recovery, small scale renewable energy technologies, green building materials, and other products, processes or services to monitor emissions or reduce energy use,” he said.

“Australian businesses can also apply for grants involving enabling technologies like nanotechnology and biotechnology that address the effects of climate change on people and the environment.

“Climate Ready is part of the Rudd Government’s Clean Business Australia initiative, a $240 million commitment to working in partnership with business to deliver energy and water-efficient projects with a focus on productivity and innovation,” Carr said.

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