Small business and ecoBiz success stories continue to grow

Monday 20 February, 2017

CCIQ’s successful business sustainability program ecoBiz has gone from strength to strength as the program achieves new star partners every week.

Thousands of small businesses across Queensland have taken advantage of the ecoBiz program over three years and seen the benefits of significant savings on their bills.

On average, ecoBiz partners save 35 per cent off energy costs, 38 per cent off water and 37 per cent off waste. In dollar terms, businesses have so far saved $64,000 (energy), $45,000 (water) and $7,000 (waste).

To become a Star partner, businesses sign up to the ecoBiz program and receive expert advice from consultants to make energy savings. If they hit a 10 per cent reduction target, they achieve a Star partner rating.

EcoBiz program coordinator Alex Hayes-Graham said the first Star partner was Gold Coast carpet and tile manufacturer Beaulieu in May 2015.

The 66th and latest addition is Lillydale Farmstay, one of the oldest farmstays in Queensland. This family-operated award-winning farm allows everyone who stays to escape from the everyday in Mt Barney National Park.

“EcoBiz has engaged over 4000 businesses across the state over three years. We’ve delivered training and information to over 3000 people through our online series and supported 83 one-on-one advisory sessions,” Mr Hayes-Graham said.

Some of the success stories include:

  • Accommodation Providers – Eco Queenslander, Mt Cotton Retreat
  • Education – Independent Schools QLD, St Stephen’s School, Tafe East Coast
  • Food and Beverage – Beard and Brau, Golden Circle, Keystone Foods
  • Health – Diabetes QLD, Mater
  • Hospitality – KGB express
  • Industrial – Substation 33, VAC
  • Light Industry - Wesley Linen Services
  • Manufacturing - APB Group, Beaulieu, CQMS Razer
  • Not-For-Profit – Nambour Rugby Union Club
  • Professional Services - Cooper Grace Ward, Anembo Consultants
  • Public Facility - Holland Park Courthouse
  • Retail – Jasmin Organics
  • Solar Industry - James Cook University, Murwillumbah Gold Club, Viewbank
  • Food Processing – Teys Australia

“EcoBiz helps you cut the cost of energy, water and waste costs through improved practices,” Mr Hayes-Graham said.

“You're able to reduce the cost associated with providing your product or service through benchmarking and implementing ecoBiz practices.

“When you put ecoBiz practices into place, you achieve a more efficient and productive workplace. All of our past ecoBiznesses tell us the savings they made in their business were not from cutting their bills alone.”

Businesses also find they can improve their brand message with ecoBiz.

“Through ecoBiz you'll create an enhanced public image for your business which can often lead to competitive advantage,” he said.

“EcoBiz will give you motivation for continuous improvement. It will help reduce exposure to risk and liability due to proactive management of environmental aspects.

“You'll gain new insights to implement innovative eco-solutions to propel your business. Through improved workplace health, safety and morale you can boost your brand.”

Mr Hayes-Graham said ecoBiz will help reduce the amount of energy you consume, while your business is reducing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.

“You'll learn to reduce water usage and improve your practices to help the environment. Your business will be able to reduce the amount of waste to landfill each year.”

Melanie Dixon, Director and Principal Environmental Consultant at Applied Eco Solutions, said her business had been rewarded with its relationship with the CCIQ ecoBiz program.

“Through the ecoBiz program I have been able to access one-on-one coaching and an energy use assessment of my business, participate in events and workshops, attend webinars, and have access to ongoing support and encouragement provided through regular newsletters, emails and phone calls. This is a great service and I encourage all Queensland businesses that I meet to participate,” Ms Dixon said.

“This program has provided the tools and support to track my energy, waste and water use and easily incorporate sustainable practices into my start-up business – and all at no cost. With the assistance and encouragement of ecoBiz, my business vision is to lead by example by incorporating sustainable and socially responsible practices into the consulting services that we deliver.”

CCIQ CEO Stephen Tait said ecoBiz had been a champion environmental warrior and would continue to help small businesses become greener and leaner – and save on their bottom line.

“It has been a vital component in the many products services we offer at CCIQ and long may it continue,” he said.

Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles welcomed the ecoBiz support for small business.

“This program has undoubtedly helped both Queensland businesses and the environment.

“The financial benefits of implementing eco-efficiency measures in small business can be seen almost immediately, through a reduction in costs associated with water, energy use and waste,” Dr Miles said.

“Business and industry play a crucial role in helping Australia become more sustainable while remaining competitive.”


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