Helping Businesses Cut Energy And Material Costs

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Lisa Neville today opened a new round of grants for Victorian businesses to undertake assessments of their energy and materials use, identify opportunities to operate more efficiently, and save money.

Part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $10.5 million waste funding package, the Resource Assessment Grants will support small and medium sized businesses to engage a consultant to undertake an energy or materials efficiency assessment of their operations.

Businesses can apply for up to $5,000 for an energy assessment and up to $10,000 for a materials or combined materials and energy assessment.

Businesses that have participated in the Resource Assessments and can show evidence of implementing one or more recommendations from their assessment, will be eligible to receive an implementation bonus of up to $3,000 to act on the opportunities identified.

Applications for energy resource assessment grants close Friday 12 February 2016, and those for materials assessments close Friday 13 May 2016.

For more information and to apply visit http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resource-assessment-grants

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville

“We know there are increasing pressures on businesses from rising energy and material costs. That’s why the Victorian Government is committed to helping small and medium sized businesses find ways to reduce these costs, and improve their productivity.”

“By operating more efficiently and using better equipment, businesses are more profitable, more productive, and are better able to maintain a workforce.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio

“Energy efficiency is one of the best ways for households and businesses to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Improving Victoria’s energy efficiency also supports jobs and economic productivity.”