Boost helps combat climate change

Thursday, 10 January, 2008

Premier Morris Iemma announced the NSW government will invest $70 million on two programs to reduce water and energy consumption, and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.

Iemma said the Renewable Energy Development Program and the Public Facilities Program were part of the NSW government’s $340 million Climate Change Fund that helps the community reduce its carbon footprint.

Iemma said the Renewable Energy Development Program and the Public Facilities Program are together expected to annually save more than:

Iemma said the Renewable Energy Development Program offered $40 million to get new renewable energy technologies from the drawing board to the marketplace.

The $30 million Public Facilities Program provides funding for water- and energy-saving projects in public or educational facilities.

“Community centres, sporting clubs, town halls, libraries and other public buildings can apply for funds to reduce their energy and water consumption,” Iemma said.

The $340 million Climate Change Fund was established in July and includes seven programs targeting water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings. It includes a $100 million residential rebate program which provides rebates for NSW householders to install rainwater tanks, greenhouse-friendly hot water systems and ceiling insulation.

The first round applications for the new programs will be open until February 2008. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel including members with relevant water and energy expertise.

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