The Rudd Government will divvy up $20.6 million in grants funding to 32 businesses – including some IT organisations - running green projects.
A part of the Climate Ready Program, the funding ranges from $50,000 to $5 million to support research and development, proof-of-concept and early-stage commercialisation activities to develop solutions to climate change challenges.
Perth-based Cube Consulting has been given $500,000 through the program to develop InViron – a Web-based environmental management, monitoring and reporting system to meet climate change challenges.
It will be designed for large polluters in fields such as mining, manufacturing and Government to support development of emission reduction strategies and ensure efficient and accurate environmental reporting and auditing.
Cube Consulting managing director, Anthony Hampton, said the grant was won through a competitive tender process. It was a two-year project, expected to be completed in stages.
“We’re designing this to be commercially flexible and suitable for a wide range of organisations,” Hampton said.
“We’ve been formulating the project for 12 months, and began development in July.”
Though the grant covers an environmental management solution, it is part of a broader INX workforce management portfolio covering areas including skills and training, health and safety and rosters, travel and accommodation.
Cube is hoping to take the portfolio to overseas markets in the longer term, Hampton said.
Fellow IT-based winners of grants under the program include:
SA-based Cohda Wireless, which has been given a $453,353 grant for the development of an electronic road traffic management system that will use roadside radio receivers to monitor wireless signals from vehicles, providing real-time data on road and traffic conditions to a central traffic management centre.
Fellow SA-based SolveIT Software was given a $468,850 grant for the development of a green supply chain optimisation software solution for wine production companies. The solution will allow users to better understand and optimise the trade-offs between climate change related issues, in managing their supply chains.
In a release, Senator Kim Carr said the announcement brought the total number of projects funded under the program to 105.
“Climate Ready is about working in partnership with industry to support our best green ideas and in turn support high-wage, high-skill jobs,” Senator Carr said in the release.