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Government grants $16.4m to help office emissions

A $16.4 million grant, which is the latest of three rounds of offerings in the Government’s $90 million Green Building Fund, will help cut approximately 38,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the Government says.

Thirty-seven green building projects announced today by the minister for innovation, industry, science and research, Senator Kim Carr, will be given grants to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by retro-fitting their commercial office buildings.

“Projected savings in greenhouse gas emissions from projects supported by the fund so far total over 101,000 tonnes a year. These projects combat climate change and support Australia’s economic recovery by generating investment of almost $75 million,” said Carr.

“By increasing energy efficiency, successful recipients are reducing their power bills along with their greenhouse emissions, and that means ongoing savings for business.”

One project involves the sustainable redevelopment of a historic building in Port Adelaide, introducing electricity generation on site and incorporating renewable systems which export to the grid.

Other alterations will also include the installation of high-performance glazing, skylights, low energy lighting systems, bulk insulation and external shading devices.

Other successful projects in Round 3 include; upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (including new chillers and variable speed drives); installation of solar panels and solar film; and replacement of base building lighting.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we currently face and the $90 million Green Building Fund is just one of the ways the Rudd Government is responding to this challenge,” said Carr.

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