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Automotive apprentices supercharged by Ethanol Sustainability Challenge
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:00

New South Wales Minister for Environment Robyn Parker will launch the Ethanol Sustainability Challenge today, to the celebration of the automotive industry and environmental advocates. 

WIN-Kelly-Bros-thumbThe Minister was thrilled to be launching the national initiative as it promotes the increased use and acceptance of sustainable biofuels among young automotive workers.

Minister Parker applauded the Challenge, recognising the environmental benefits of increased Ethanol adoption, as well as the financial advantages for industry and consumers, with Ethanol fuels costing considerably less than standard petrol or diesel.

An initiative of the leading automotive industry association, the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers (IAME), in a milestone partnership with the National TAFE Automotive Network (NTAN) and Manildra Group - major producers of Ethanol, the Ethanol Sustainability Challenge aims to educate automotive apprentices and trainees about the benefits of Ethanol use in their industry.

IAME CEO, Peter Blanshard, said the campaign seeks to engage young automotive apprentices and trainees in the industry through increased sustainability education and awareness.

"Australia's automotive industry faces many challenges and one way we can stay ahead of the curve globally is by leading the way in our training of apprentices and trainees, and that means educating them about sustainability," Mr Blanshard said.

"IAME exists to support members of the automotive industry and we're focussed on nurturing the next generation of automotive.

"Giving them the support they need throughout their careers and promoting the use of biofuels such as Ethanol is an important part of that," he said.

Some parts of the automotive industry have, in the past, been sceptical of the use of biofuels such as E10 and E85.

To the industry's credit, environmental benefits and the enhanced performance of vehicles capable of utilising green fuels has been embraced in recent years.

According to Todd Kelly, Nissan 'Nismo' Racing driver, the Australian automotive industry has become more responsive to innovation and caring for the environment largely due to new technologies and awareness.

"It's great to know organisations like IAME and TAFE are there to support apprentices and trainees right throughout their careers.

"Alike the V8 Supercars we race, young guys and girls starting out in their apprenticeships and traineeships can enter the Ethanol Sustainability Challenge for the chance to get supercharged racing with us," Todd said.

"The development of a sustainable Australian automotive industry depends on the increased adoption of Ethanol biofuels.

"Ever since we switched to Ethanol, my brother Rick and I both sleep easier knowing we can carve it up on the track without damaging the environment," Todd said.

The competition Challenge is for apprentices and trainees to submit entries showing how Ethanol biofuels including E10 and E85 has benefited their work and training in the industry.

Ten winners selected from across Australia will be granted a money-can't-buy experience with Todd and Rick Kelly of Nissan 'Nismo' Racing, one of the most high profile V8 Supercars' Teams in the competition today.

This will include time 'on the tools' in their V8 Supercars workshop followed by racing on the track with the Team.

IAME is the peak automotive industry association representing over 23,000 members across Australia.

Throughout its proud 83-year history, IAME has sought to further the interests of individuals and businesses in automotive through advocacy, education and the sharing of expertise.

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Media Contact: IAME - Elisha Sutherland 0478 610 618


The Minister was thrilled to be launching the national initiative as it promotes the increased use and acceptance of sustainable biofuels among young automotive workers.