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MP Chris Gulaptis

Huge clean tech grants for innovative Northern Rivers businesses

Forward thinking Clarence and Richmond Valley firms have a great opportunity to get funding for new projects with the Nationals in NSW Government opening up applications for grants of up to $4 million as part of its $37 billion drive towards a carbon free future, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“Clean Technology Research and Development (R&D) Grants of $400,000 to $4 million are designed to foster the development of innovative technologies and services to lower industry carbon emissions and the Richmond Valley in particular is in the driving seat to get a guernsey,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Richmond Valley was recently short listed as a potential site for a new state of the art, thermal waste-to-energy facility bringing with it high paying jobs and skills

“Gone are the days when you had to choose between jobs and the environment,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The Clarence and Richmond Valleys have the people and the technology to power us into a jobs-rich, low-emissions future including a Net Zero Plan for 2050.”

Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said the R&D grants will support emission reducing innovations developed by universities, industry and other research organisations.

“We’re calling on New South Wales’ best engineers, scientists and researchers to come forward with their ideas on how we can lower carbon emissions into the future, and accelerate the State’s clean industrial revolution,” Mr Kean said.

The grants program is targeting co-investment in early-stage technologies to reduce emissions in electrification and energy systems; primary industry and land management; and powerfuels, including hydrogen.

Expressions of Interest for the current round close at 5pm on 23 November 2021.

More information is available at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/clean-tech-grants.

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