Joint media release with the Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP
Soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is using almost $1.3 million in revenue from the carbon price for an energy-saving project at its Richlands facility in Queensland. The project will help produce the lightest PET plastic bottles in the global Coca-Cola system.
Funded by the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, the project will lead to a 32 per cent reduction in carbon emissions intensity of the blending and filling equipment at Coca-Cola Amatil's Richlands facility, reducing energy usage by 40 per cent.
The project will involve the installation of latest-generation 'blow-fill' or PET bottle self-manufacture technology into an existing beverage production line for 1.25, 1.5 and 2 litre PET bottles. It will reduce the quantity of plastic in bottles by up to 35 per cent.
Announcing the grant, the Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, and Federal Member for Oxley, Bernie Ripoll, congratulated the company for reducing emissions while also boosting competitiveness.
"A price on carbon is providing businesses with an incentive to find ways to cut carbon pollution, save costs and improve processes," Mr Combet said.
"Through this project the company will save up to $285,000 in energy costs a year while also reducing the amount of plastic in bottles."
"The Gillard Government is working with businesses as our economy transitions to reduce emissions and save energy costs," said Mr Ripoll.
"In addition to the support from the Government, Coca-Cola Amatil will contribute $2.5 million towards installing the new PET technology.
"I urge local businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment and processes and take advantage of the Clean Technology Investments Program."
The $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program are open for applications.
In addition to the Investment Programs, the $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Program is available to provide opportunities for Australian businesses to develop innovative ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information, companies should contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46 or visit the website - www.ausindustry.gov.au.
Media contact: Mr Combet's Office 02 6277 7920
Mr Ripoll's Office 07 3879 6440