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Govt gets Climate Ready with $13.4m in grants

The Government will be granting $13.4 million to 22 businesses for projects supporting around 180 green jobs under the 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,” said the innovation minister, Senator Kim Carr.

“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.”

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

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