Dandenong Manufacturers Reducing Carbon Pollution and Cutting Power Bills along the Way

More than $600,000 from the Gillard's Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help local Dandenong businesses, Nissan Casting Australia Pty Ltd and Lock Focus Pty Ltd to reduce energy costs, improve efficiency and lower carbon pollution.

More than $600,000 from the Gillard's Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help local Dandenong businesses, Nissan Casting Australia Pty Ltd and Lock Focus Pty Ltd to reduce energy costs, improve efficiency and lower carbon pollution.

Mr Dreyfus congratulated Nissan Casting and Lock Focus for preparing for a clean energy future by transforming their operations to reduce energy emissions and improve its competitiveness.

"In partnership with the Gillard Labor Government, Nissan Casting will be able reduce carbon emissions of the energy consumed by its operation by 41% per cent, while Focus Lock will be reduce its carbon emissions by 10%," said Mr Dreyfus.

"Nissan Casting Australia will replace four existing aluminium reverb melt furnaces at its Dandenong automotive component manufacturing plant with one high efficiency tower melt furnace. The project is expected to achieve savings of $252,000 in energy costs per year," he said.

Nissan Casting is matching the Government's investment with around $1,250,000 of its own funding.

"Lock Focus will install a power efficiency module to better regulate power throughout the facility, install covers on die cast machines to prevent heat loss and install controls to regulate heating elements in seven furnaces. The project is expected to result in savings of $7,600 in energy costs per year," said Mr Dreyfus.

"The Clean Technology Investment Programs are about helping local manufacturers invest in clean energy. They are an important part of the Australian Government's plan for a Clean Energy Future.

"It's a win for business, the economy and the environment and I encourage more local manufacturers to apply for support."

The grant was one of 89 announced nationally by Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet.

"The $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program are in place to support manufacturers," said Mr Dreyfus.

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