Dust Control & Environment

NSW govt partners with top manufacturers to slash emissions

The NSW Government will support four of the state’s highest emitting manufacturers to transform their sites into low carbon facilities.

The companies involved include chemical manufacturer Orica, metal manufacturer Tomago Aluminium, cement producer Boral and starch manufacturer Manildra Group.

NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean said the government is working with industry to transform NSW into an innovative, thriving low carbon economy.

“Accelerating the deployment of deep decarbonisation technology will help industry prosper in a net zero economy and open up new markets for NSW-made products,” Kean said.

“The studies focus on how we can adopt cutting edge clean technology right here in NSW like green hydrogen in cement manufacturing or renewable energy in aluminium smelting.

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“These facilities combined emit more than 10 million tonnes of carbon every year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 3.5 million cars. Helping them slash emissions is critical to the success of reaching our targets of 70% emissions reduction by 2035 and net zero by 2050.”

Under the Commonwealth’s proposed changes to the safeguard mechanism, most of these companies will be obliged to reduce their emissions by 4.9% every year to 2030.

The outcomes of these studies will not only help the companies meet their safeguard obligations at minimum cost, but also allow them to go even further to reduce emissions.

The combined $855,000 in funding is provided under the Transformative Industry Projects stream of the Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program. Grants will be at least matched by contributions from each of the four companies, and companies can then apply for further support to adopt new technologies.

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