ethanolMember for Page Janelle Saffin has announced that a local innovative green project has been granted $2.9 million in the latest round of Climate Ready grants — the biggest grant offered in Australia.

“I congratulate Ethanol Technologies Limited on receiving this grant to develop the next stage of their ethanol project at the Harwood Sugar Mill,” she said.

“The funding is for the second phase of a project which uses new Australian technology to convert sugar industry waste into ethanol.

“By using waste products, this project removes the food versus fuel issue from the ethanol debate.

“Ethanol Technologies Limited has the exclusive licence in Australia to use this technology developed by Dr Russel Reeves, which involves separating acid and sugars for ethanol from lignocellulosic materials.

“Ethanol Technologies is one of 19 Australian businesses to be offered Climate Ready grants totalling $16.4 million in the latest round, announced by Innovation minister, Senator Kim Carr.

“It’s wonderful to see the Rudd Government supporting this cutting-edge technology here in Page, with such great potential for value-adding for the sugar industry.

“This project will not only help combat climate change, but boost the local economy by supporting local jobs in these tough economic times.

“The effects of climate change are already making themselves felt and it’s great to see companies like Ethanol Technologies Limited acting now to find solutions.

“Climate Ready is delivered by AusIndustry which is responsible for more than 30 programs to help Australian businesses, including innovation grants, tax and duty concession, small business development and venture capital.”

Further information is available at www.ausindustry.gov.au or on the hotline: 13 28 46