Tatura manufacturer Unilever will use a $45 406 grant from the Federal Government to invest in clean and renewable technologies.By Bob Nicol
Tatura manufacturer Unilever will use a $45 406 grant from the Federal Government to invest in clean and renewable technologies.
Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr and Federal Labor Candidate for Murray Rod Higgins last week announced the funding from the $840 million Clean Technology Investment Program.
Mr Higgins congratulated Unilever and said the grant would help them reduce both their power bills and carbon emissions.
‘‘With support from the Labor Government, Unilever is reducing their power bills and will cut carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 52.4 per cent,’’ Mr Higgins said.
‘‘This will be achieved by Unilever installing solatubes that channel daylight into its warehouse areas and replace its existing metal halide lamps with energy efficient LED lighting with sensors which turn on when daylight is insufficient to reduce lighting electricity consumption at its facility in Tatura.
‘‘These changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Labor Government is keen to support,’’ Mr Higgins said.
‘‘By helping manufacturers invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, processes and products, Labor is supporting projects that are good for businesses, good for the environment and good for the local economy.’’
Senator Carr said the injection of financial support would help Unilever modernise their operations and be more sustainable environmentally and financially over the long term.
The Clean Technology Investment Program includes the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program.
They are part of the Labor Government’s drive to help companies modernise and take advantage of new technology to become more efficient and more competitive.
While welcoming the funding announcement, Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone made a point about the rise in energy costs for businesses and households.
She said Unilever, like all local businesses, had been hit hard with higher energy costs due to the Federal Labor Government’s Carbon Tax, which the Liberals, if elected, would abolish.
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