The Food Production Investment Program, established in 2018, encourages California food producers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program’s initial budget provided up to $57 million to help accelerate the adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. More than $60 million in additional funding is available for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.
Funding comes from the California Climate Investments program, a statewide initiative that uses cap-and-trade dollars to help reduce GHG emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment.
The food processing industry is one of the largest energy users in California. It is also a large producer of GHG emissions.
The Food Production Investment Program will help producers replace high-energy-consuming equipment and systems with market-ready and advanced technologies and equipment. The program will also accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art energy technologies that can substantially reduce energy use and costs and associated GHG emissions.