Sustainability Victoria are offering matched-funding grants of up to $50,000 to assist eligible businesses with the cost of a variety of gas-related projects that will:
- improve energy productivity and affordability
- support jobs
- reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Why improve gas efficiency?
Right now, it’s cheaper to buy Australian gas in Japan than it is in Victoria, which is putting pressure on local businesses, jobs and household gas bills.
– Ministerial Media Release, 7 June 2017
The Gas Efficiency Grants will support businesses to take practical action that results in more efficient use of gas, helping relieve gas cost pressures.
For large gas users, there are often many opportunities to improve efficiency such as upgrades to boiler or steam systems, industrial ovens or kilns, or recovering waste heat. Even improving the operation and maintenance of steam boilers can typically save up to 5 per cent in gas use – that’s 5 per cent less gas that your business needs to purchase.
Many businesses are already increasing energy efficiency and reducing gas use and costs through SV programs. Learn more about Gas Efficiency Grants awarded to-date, watch video case studies, and read our best practice guides for ideas about making improvements at your business.
If you are unsure whether it is worthwhile investing in energy efficiency at your business, you can start by contacting Sustainability Victoria and asking to speak with a member of our Sustainable Business team.
Our Energy Assessment Grants are also a great way to start as they will identify potential energy efficiency improvements for your business, as well as review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.
What businesses can apply for grant funding?
Gas Efficiency grants are intended to support businesses operating in Victoria with an annual energy spend above $20,000 and using gas for equipment and/or processes that are core to the business operations. The types of businesses that can apply include, but are not limited to, manufacturers and processors.
Please note that some types of businesses and activities will not be eligible for funding, such as:
- Commonwealth, State, or local government entities,
- Any organisation that is applying for upgrades to premises owned by a government entity
- Any organisation that is applying for upgrades to an office building – check out the Better Commercial Buildings grants instead
- Any organisation that is applying for upgrades to equipment that is used for staff amenities – i.e. not core to the business operations
Note that a funding cap of $50,000 will apply to a business and its related entities. Similarly, SV may apply a funding cap to a franchise chain or group buying chain.
The complete eligibility criteria are published in the Grant Program Guidelines.
What types of projects can be funded?
Four different types of project activities are eligible for funding:
- Capital equipment upgrades that result in improved gas efficiency or gas productivity.
- Non-routine maintenance and repairs of existing equipment and systems that results in gas used more efficiently.
- Fuel switching from gas to another energy source, provided that there is no increase in the GHG emissions or other environmental impacts.
- Installation of metering equipment that will create immediate gas efficiencies and/or build the case for future investment in capital upgrades that will improve gas efficiency or gas productivity.
An eligible project may focus on just one or a combination of these activities.
There is flexibility as to whether your project improves gas efficiency or gas productivity. This concept is most applicable to a manufacturing or processing facility that is expanding its operations:
- Gas efficiency means that the upgrade results in the business using less gas per annum, whilst producing or processing the same units of output
- Gas productivity means that the upgrade results in the business using less gas per unit of output. The business may actually use the same or more gas per annum because the number of units of output has increased.
Further information about the types of projects that can be funded will be published in the Grant Program Guidelines.
Apply for a Gas efficiency grant
The program involves an eligibility and merit-based application process. Full details of the program are outlined within the Program Guidelines and Application form, which are located here.
Grants will be approved for funding on a rolling basis. Once you have completed the application form we will assess your application and let you know if you have been successful.
Following this you will need to enter into a Funding Agreement (contract) with us.
Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being signed.
Gas Efficiency Grants will be available until the $2 million funding pool has been fully allocated. Information about grants awarded to-date will be is published on the Sustainability Victoria website, as recipients are announced. The grants opened for applications on 11 October 2017.