Announcing new grants to fund renewable bioenergy projects

30 September 2019

Organic waste is fed into machinery that processes biomass and creates bioenergy

A $750,000 grant round will help to ramp up bioenergy infrastructure projects that will keep organic waste out of landfill and generate renewable energy.

The Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund is open to industry, social enterprises, community groups and government entities working on bioenergy technology solutions that will increase sustainable energy production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals can be for bioenergy infrastructure or feasibility and technical studies.

Carl Muller, Interim CEO of Sustainability Victoria, said the grants were aimed at supporting projects that could help boost the collection and reuse of organics across the state.

“Victoria’s commercial and industrial sector generates more than 900,000 tonnes of organic waste every year, with over a quarter of that being food, and around ten per cent is recovered.“

There is great potential for increased recovery of organics as a valuable fuel source while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Bioenergy can play an important role in the mix of renewable energy, supporting not only our transition towards a renewable energy generation network but also a circular economy, while building the energy resilience of industry.”

Grant applications close 28 October 2019.

Find out more and how to apply on the Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund grants webpage.

What is bioenergy?

Bioenergy is a form of renewable energy that uses organic matter such as food waste and green waste to generate electricity, heat and liquid fuels for transport. For more information visit the Bioenergy page on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Previously funded projects

Previously funded projects in 2017 installed infrastructure that will deliver almost 1 megawatt of renewable energy capacity every year:

  • Western Region Water Corporation received $802,784 to collect food waste and to generate energy from collected material.
  • East Gippsland Region Water Corporation received $209,765 to enhance an existing bio-digester to process septic tank waste, food waste, fats, oils and greases.