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Cost saving strategies for business to address climate change and ...
Cost saving strategies for business to address climate change and carbon reduction There are a number of global trends that are increasing the need for corporate environmental responsibility. Business is beginning to see the impacts of climate change in terms of pressure from the supply chain. Some large companies have indicated that they are planning to implement eco-efficiency supply chain strategies in Australia. Overseas major retail chains are already embedding environmental requirements into their supplier contracts; which means you may lose work and miss opportunities if you cannot demonstrate ‘green’ or sustainable systems. Consumers are also driving the need for change in Businesses can undertake carbon audits to see The guide includes four business stages, one of these areas. There is a groundswell of consumer what their current footprint is and undertake which your business will sit within. It outlines interest in how businesses operate in regards benchmarking against other similar businesses. challenges and likely threats in regards to each to their reduction in carbon emissions. In Manufacturers have the opportunity to benchmark business stage, and strategies to address addition, the workforce is becoming increasingly against world’s best practice with assistance from potential risk and ensure further growth and environmentally aware and is making decisions to the Queensland Government. The benchmarking sustainability. work for an environmentally friendly employer. will provide plans for future initiatives to The guide will assist businesses to identify and implement sustainable practices within their In addition to ensuring that your business is implement eco-efficient strategies. Homepage business; thus reducing carbon emissions ready in terms of any supply chain and consumer web addresses have been listed for first point of and ensuring financial and environmental pressure, there are cost benefits to undertaking contact from the providers. You may need to use sustainability. strategies that address climate change, such as the internal search facilities on these websites to reducing costs in energy, waste and water. The Department of Employment, Economic locate specific programs. Development and Innovation has developed Even the smallest business has opportunity to this guide to assist businesses to identify implement strategies to reduce its carbon footprint information available to them across state and and make savings via considered purchasing federal government, tertiary institutions and peak decisions with electronic equipment; eco-friendly industry organisations. office fit-outs; and addressing the issue of eco- friendly lighting, cooling and building styles. Considering a business Starting a business Growing your business Improving business Business characteristics Business characteristics Business characteristics performance The concept, a business idea that you are The nurturing stage where the business is legally The business is now established in the considering taking further. Considering product trading. Products and services are in place and marketplace. It has regular clientele and income, Business characteristics lines, product development or service provision. it is attracting its first customers. The focus is on and tends to run routinely. There is often a need to The business is experiencing a new period You may have a registered company or business meeting expenses. operate on a more professional level, the focus is of growth, expanding into new markets and name. on sustainability and profitability. distribution channels. It is starting to look at new Challenges avenues of client service and broadening the Challenges Establishing market acceptance and Challenges customer, service or product range. The focus is Early identification of environmental issues understanding environmental issues that effect Understanding the impact of climate change and on return on investment rather than just profit. that may potentially effect the business i.e. site the market: Establishing a niche brand/identity, how it effects the business, time management You are possibly considering export initiatives. fit-out of environmentally friendly lighting and intellectual Property (IP), developing marketing skills - ability to work on the business as apposed electronic goods, identifying the stakeholders strategies, financial management, taxation to working routinely in the business, knowing Challenges with consideration of a green supply chain: Who and payroll, customer service, pricing policies, when to increase staff levels, human resources, Pressure from the supply chain to implement the customers will be and who is the competition, developing procedures and policies, negative performance management, developing growth sustainable practices, developing complimentary considering the right location, gaining the skills cash flow. strategies, credit control, systems development. markets and growing supply, management needed to run a business, understanding different delegation, organisational structure, corporate ownership structures, regulatory issues, business Likely threats Likely threats governance, getting investment ready, names. Choosing wrong location, unprotected IP, poor Climate change impact via pressure from the understanding the global market and export management, poor financial management, poor customer and supply chain, complacency, strategies, financial strain due to growth. Likely threats quality of goods or service, lack of procedures management remaining entrenched in the Poor concept, lack of capital to go beyond within the business, lack of capital during early operation of the business rather than at a Likely threats concept, lack of experience. phase, low sales, climate change implications. strategic level (working in the business, not on Rapid growth straining cash flow, lack of capital to it), incorrect staffing levels, failure to monitor fund growth, loss of quality, inventory shortages, Strategies to consider Strategies to consider performance, failure to monitor creditor accounts, not meeting volume orders, slow decision making, Benchmark the business concept against Educate yourself in the LOHAS market (Lifestyles rising competition. greater competitor awareness (which can also be similar businesses, undertake market research of Health and Sustainability) to understand where an asset if they see you as a possible merger or on similar businesses and the target market the business may fit within this new environmental Strategies to consider acquisition), not understanding the export market, (potential customers), products and suppliers, market and the LOHAS consumer. Develop a Undertake time management training, employ rising above your management competency, loss research possible locations (where are the brand/identity through logos, advertising, others to undertake the operational work within of sales due to the ‘green competitive market’. competitors, customers), boom areas (new market publicity, customer service, quality, trademark the business, dedicate time to working on opportunities), undertake business skills courses/ IP such as logos, business and product names, growth strategies, monitor production levels and Strategies to consider workshops, seek specialist financial and legal undertake marketing courses or engage marketing cash flow, implement quality control and lean Monitor your cash flow and evaluate capital advice, undertake business name searches and specialists, undertake bookkeeping and other procedures, undertake benchmarking appropriate requirements, consider investment input register business name and/or company name if financial workshops, engage a bookkeeper and/ to the business, measure the businesses carbon through business angels, joint ventures, venture taking step to start-up stage. Develop a business or an accountant, register for Australian Business footprint and develop and embed environmentally capitalists, bank finance. Avoid procrastination, plan, educate yourself on the impact of climate Number (ABN), tax file number, market research, sustainable practices. and monitor competitor activity. If exporting, change and possible flow on effects through your monitor cash flow, re-visit the business plan seek appropriate advice, engage management potential supply chain. Consider what you can and adjust as needed. Consider environmental with appropriate skills and experience. Form a do to lessen environmental impact through the strategies when undertaking store or factory fit- board of non executive directors to assist with supply chain, your operating procedures and the out such as energy usage and waste management. management strategies, measure the business’s equipment you install. carbon footprint and implement carbon strategy plan, implement disaster recovery plan. The following chart will help you to identify products and services available, applicable to your business stage. * indicates information is in two categories Air | energy | fuel | waste | water Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Clean Energy Council Industry The Clean Energy Council is an amalgamation of the Australian Wind Energy www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au Assoc. Industry Association (Auswind) and the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The clean energy sector is focused on tackling climate change in Australia. Cleaner fuels Grant Federal Businesses that manufacture or import eligible cleaner fuels can register www.ato.gov.au Scheme and claim for payments under the cleaner fuels grants scheme through the Australian Taxation Office. Energy Efficiency Federal The EEO program run by The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism www.ret.gov.au/energy/efficiency Opportunities (EEO) is mandatory for businesses that use large amounts of energy. Smaller businesses are also encouraged to apply to improve their energy efficiency. Smaller power users can conduct an assessment to look at their power consumption efficiencies. Energy Grants Credit Federal This Australian Taxation Office scheme will help reduce costs for those who www.ato.gov.au Scheme use alternative fuels in their businesses. Ethanol Production Federal Eligible Australian ethanol producers can apply for funding from AusIndustry www.ausindustry.gov.au Grants (EPG) under the EPG program that supports the use of biofuels in transport. Enhanced Project Federal AusIndustry provides tariff duty concessions on eligible capital goods www.ausindustry.gov.au By-law Scheme of significant sized projects in the mining, resource processing, food (EPBS) processing, food packaging, manufacturing, agriculture, and gas, power and water supply industries. Product Stewardship Federal The Australian Taxation Office product stewardship for oil program provides www.ato.gov.au for Oil Program benefits to eligible recyclers of used oil and businesses who use selected used oil. Smart Energy State The Queensland Government's Smart Energy Savings Program is a legislative www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au Savings Program initiative effective from 1 July 2009 introduced through the Clean Energy Act (SESP) 2008. The program will require participating businesses to undertake an energy audit, develop an Energy Savings Plan and publish their actions for each relevant site, on a five-yearly cycle. Solar Bonus Scheme State The Solar Bonus Scheme commenced on 1 July 2008. Customers can claim www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au the solar bonus by contacting their electricity retailer with grid-connected electricity. The Queensland Government Solar Bonus Scheme is a program that pays domestic and other small energy customers for the surplus electricity generated from roof-top solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that is exported to the Queensland grid. Solar Credits Federal Solar Credits replace the Solar Homes and Communities Plan as the Government’s www.climatechange.gov.au primary means of supporting the installation of solar power systems. Schools can apply for grants from the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts under the National Solar Schools Program until June 2015. General Funding Incentives | Grants | Investment Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Australian Association Not for profit The AAAI is the not for profit national industry association representing www.aaai.net.au of Angel Investors Australian business angels networks, individual business angel investors and Limited (AAAI) organisations that support the growth of business angel investment in Australia Business and Industry State A Queensland Government funding incentive available to businesses to undertake www.industry.qld.gov.au Transformation projects that promote the transformation of business and priority industry Incentive Scheme sectors in Queensland. It focuses on projects that drive Queensland towards an (BITI) internationally competitive, sustainable and knowledge-intensive future. Brisbane City Council Local The Environmental Grants Program provides funding to community based www.brisbane.qld.gov.au - Environmental groups and organisations who address local or citywide community Grants environment issues. Clean Business Federal The Climate Ready Program is one of the three elements of the $240 million www.ausindustry.gov.au Australia (Climate Clean Business Australia initiative. The AusIndustry program provides grants Ready Program) from $50,000 up to $5million on a matching funding basis to support research and development, proof-of-concept and early-stage commercialisation activities to develop solutions to climate change challenges. Commercialising Federal COMET is provided by AusIndustry and offer business assistance and www.ausindustry.gov.au Emerging Technologies merit based financial assistance to successful applicants to commercialise (Innovation and R&D) (COMET)* innovative products. Enterprise Connect * Federal Enterprise Connect supports Australian small and medium enterprises www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au (SMEs) and offers a tailored advisory service providing funding to implement actions identified in the Business Review, placement of researchers into business to develop and implement new commercial ideas. Federal Government Federal An online alphabetical Federal and State Government grants finder for www.business.gov.au Grants and business. (Grants and assistance) Assistance Finder Re-tooling for Climate Federal This program provided by AusIndustry helps small and medium sized www.ausindustry.gov.au Change Australian manufacturers reduce their environmental footprint, through (See ‘Climate Change’ under projects that improve the energy and/or water efficiency of their production Grants and assistance) processes. The program provides grants of between $10,000 and $500,000, up to a maximum of half of the cost of each project. Queensland State The Queensland Renewable Energy Fund supports the development and www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au Renewable Energy deployment of renewable energy generation technologies in Queensland that Fund (QREF) are beyond proof of concept, with $50million available over five years. Queensland Rural State QRAA provides a wide range of financial programs to assist Queensland www.qraa.qld.gov.au Adjustment Authority primary producers increased productivity, profitability and sustainability. (QRAA) Assistance Smart Futures Fund State The Smart Futures Fund is focused on supporting researchers in world class www.industry.qld.gov.au research institutes, furthering collaboration and the application of research in industry, government, and the community to lift economic, social and environmental outcomes. Innovation Projects Fund consist of four grant programs to fund collaborative cutting edge research projects: National and International Research Alliances Program; Research-Industry Partnerships Program; Proof of Concept Fund; and Innovation Skills Fund. The Green Building Federal The Green Building Fund provided by Ausindustry ($90million over four www.ausindustry.gov.au Fund years) aims to reduce the impact of Australia’s built environment on greenhouse gas emissions, by reducing the energy consumed in the operation of existing office buildings. General Environmental Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Department of State The role of DERM is to manage climate change and protect the environment www.epa.qld.gov.au Environment and through leadership in conserving Queensland’s landscapes, enabling Resource Management sustainable development, improving business and industry’s environmental (DERM) website performance, and building community knowledge and participation. ecoBiz State Department of Environment and Resource Management’ ecoBiz program www.epa.qld.gov.au assists businesses identify efficiencies in waste, water and energy for financial and environmental benefits. In addition ecoBiz has rebate assistance for projects ranges from $1,000 to maximum of $150,000, with the rebate payable after completion of activities identified in the ecoBiz action plan prepared by the participating business. i.lab incubator Pty Ltd State i.lab’s purpose is to facilitate the development of high technology industries www.ilab.com.au in Queensland by providing mentoring and support for entrepreneurs. It does this by nurturing start-up technology businesses over a two year period. i.lab also has external members and offers “virtual incubation” giving businesses the flexibility to choose where they work from - while still being able to access the full support and benefits. Queensland State State A Queensland Government website for government officers who have www.qgm.qld.gov.au Procurement Policy purchasing responsibilities and for suppliers wanting to do business with the Queensland Government. Sustainable procurement is an essential part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to sustainable development and to protecting the environment, and to doing business with socially responsible and ethical suppliers. 5729_EnvironTechServcs_FoldoutGuide_V5.indd 1 7/9/09 3:03:13 PM Industry Bodies | Associations | Tertiary Institutions Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Australian Water AWA is an independent, not-for-profit association for water professionals. www.awa.asn.au Association (AWA) Air Pollution Industry APCEMA is the national body representing the interests of companies involved www.apcema.org.au Control Equipment Assoc. in the dust and fume control industry. APCEMA’s primary purpose is to provide Manufacturers a technical expertise resource for governments and industry, and enhance the Association (APCEMA) skills of designers, users and specifiers of air pollution control equipment. Good Environmental Not for profit GECA delivers Australia's national life cycle based ecolabeling program with www.geca.org.au Choice Australia Ltd a commitment to credible product environmental information for sustainable (GECA) consumption. School of Tertiary The faculty has two advisory boards, one for the environmental programs www.griffith.edu.au/environment- Environment, Griffith and another for urban and environmental planning. planning University Institute for Tertiary ISR is at the forefront of developing practical cost-effective strategies for www.isr.qut.edu.au/about/ Sustainable sustainable development. These strategies take full advantage of QUT's programs Resources (ISR), advanced expertise in the environmental and mathematical sciences, Queensland engineering, socio-economics, information technology, health and legal University of frameworks. ISR has six major program areas: Climate Change; Water Technology (QUT) Systems; Energy Systems; Environmental Trading; Biosecurity; and Development and Infrastructure. Eco-Efficiency Tertiary The Toolkit, provided by The UNEP Working Group for Cleaner Production in www.ecoefficiency.com.au tool kits and fact the food industry through UniQuest, outlines the environmental challenges sheet, University of faced by food processors and discusses how the application of Eco- Queensland efficiency strategies can ensure the efficient use of resources, a decrease in waste production and an increase in profitability. The website provides eco- efficiency programs and tool kits for various industries. Awards | Events Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Queensland State The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) hosts www.epa.qld.gov.au Sustainable the Queensland Sustainable Industries Awards which recognise outstanding Industries Awards environmental business projects, and showcase Queensland business leaders, companies and technologies that have set new benchmarks in environmental performance. QWESTnet Forums State QWESTNet provide bi-monthly information and networking forums for www.epa.qld.gov.au (Queensland sustainable technology users and providers, presenting independent Water and Energy overviews and case studies on relevant technologies. Sustainable Technologies Network) Suncorp Queensland The awards program, by Urban Development Institute of Australia, includes a www.udiaqld.com.au Awards for category for Environmental Excellence. Excellence Commercialisation Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Australian Federal AIC is a service organisation which helps businesses, including research www.ausicom.com Institute for organisations and government, achieve commercial success. The institute Commercialisation provides advice, solutions and tools, which help people improve their (AIC) commercialisation skills and convert ideas into successful outcomes. Commercialising Federal COMET aims to provide a range of assistance to companies or individuals www.ausindustry.gov.au Emerging in order to help them commercialise innovative products via business (Innovation and R&D) Technologies assistance and merit based financial assistance to successful applicants. (COMET) * Manufacturing Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency Eco-efficiency State A Queensland Government supported project that provides information and www.ecoefficiency.com.au for Queensland assistance for manufacturers to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness Manufacturers through implementing eco-efficiency practices, whilst becoming more sustainable and adapting to the pressures of a carbon constrained economy. Enterprise Connect Federal Enterprise Connect supports Australian small and medium enterprises www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au (SMEs) facing rapidly changing business environment. Assistance includes; Business Review - a comprehensive analysis of your firm, carried out on site by skilled Enterprise Connect business advisors; Tailored Advisory Service providing funding to implement actions identified in the Business Review - offers the placement of researchers into business to develop and implement new commercial ideas. Journey to State A resource developed by Department of Employment, Economic www.industry.qld.gov.au sustainable Development and Innovation to provide a pathway to worlds best practice manufacturing for manufacturers and access government assistance in achieving excellence manufacturing excellence and sustainability. Manufacturing State The PROBE for Manufacturing Microscope audit helps measure a businesses www.industry.qld.gov.au Microscope current performance level against world class businesses, enabling the business to track real gains by comparing its performance against that of its competitors. It helps identify operational strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement. QMI Solutions State QMI Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping industry www.qmisolutions.com.au on the journey to manufacturing excellence through research, education, and implementation of world class practices and technologies; recognised as Australia's premier 'technology diffusion agency'. Information Guide | Fact Sheets Considering Starting Growing Improving Resource Department/ Services provided Contact details Agency ClimateSmart State A comprehensive online resource for business and community with an www.climatesmart.qld.gov.au Business environmental focus; information fact sheets; carbon calculator and links to (Your Business) environmental resources. Department of State An information hotline and website to access assistance for all business www.business.qld.gov.au Employment, stages, including benchmarking information, business planning tools, Economic workshops and seminars, fact sheets, and web diagnostic tools. Development and Innovation Business hotline and website Eco-efficiency fact State Developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Working www.industry.qld.gov.au sheets for the marine Group for Cleaner Production based at the University of Queensland, in industry collaboration with Queensland Government. Eco-efficiency for the marine industry is a series of fact sheets providing well-researched and easy to use advice and ideas on minimising waste and reducing input costs and environmental impacts in the marine industries. Environmental State A directory developed by the Department of Employment, Economic www.environment.industry.qld. Industry Capability Development and Innovation showcasing over 500 Queensland gov.au Directory environmental technologies and services companies which provide a diverse range of environmental products and expertise. Food Processing State Guidelines and opportunities for saving water within commercial laundries, www.qwc.qld.gov.au Water Saving food processing, food services and metal finishing. Guidelines Water Efficiency State The Queensland Water Commission’s WEMP guidelines and tools will assist www.qwc.qld.gov.au Management Plan non-residential water users, water efficiency assessors and service providers (WEMP) guidelines complete their water efficiency management plans and drive further savings. and tools All information contained in this document was correct at time of printing and is subject to change without notification. SD5729 08/09 Australian Paper is an ISO 14001 accredited mill. non-controversial sources. ENVI Recycled Silk is certified carbon neutral and process chlorine free pulp derived from sustainably managed forests and ENVI Recycled Silk contains 35% recycled fibre. It is made from elemental & This document is printed on ENVI Recucled Silk. email email@example.com change over time. To contribute to this directory, or to update your details, please While information in this guide is correct at time of printing, some details may at www.environment.industry.qld.gov.au This guide can be viewed as an online resource www.deedi.qld.gov.au 1300 363 711 (Interstate callers • 07 3001 6359) contacts below to find one near you. Economic Development and Innovation centres, use the With a statewide network of Department of Employment, Environmental technologies and services guide for Queensland businesses Pointing business in the right direction to access environmental products and services 5729_EnvironTechServcs_FoldoutGuide_V5.indd 2 7/9/09 3:03:21 PM
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