NOVEMBER 2015

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NOV 1

Workshop 
Gold Coast

Introduction to waste management 

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NOV 6

Workshop 
Soutbank
Energy Cut Business Breakfast 

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NOV 10

Forum 
South Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 

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Energy Cut Business Breakfast

CCIQ ecoBiz is proud to present the Energy Cut Business Breakfast, an event delivered in conjunction with Griffith University. Join founder of DoSomething, co-founder of Planet Ark, host of Sky Business's Smart Money and sustainability guru, Jon Dee, to learn how to cut energy bills and improve the profitability, resilience and value of your business.

Find out more or book your ticket here.

CASE STUDY

Installation of advanced wastewater treatment facilities with biogas capture

The installation of advanced wastewater treatment facilities with biogas capture at Teys Australia's Beenleigh and Rockhampton facilities will see savings in energy, water and carbon emissions for both sites. 

Teys Australia is committed to actively participating in the transition to the low carbon economy and contributing to the objectives set under the Red Meat Processing Industry’s Climate Change Strategy. 

The objective of this project is to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plants and reduce future risk with respect to carbon emissions, energy supply and prices, and community relationships. The recent treatment plant upgrades are expected to:
• reduce carbon emissions by 72,500 tonnes CO2e combined (39,400 tonnes for Rockhampton and 33,100 tonnes for Beenleigh).This is the equivalent of removing 24,000 cars from the road each year.
• save 75,725 GJ natural gas for Beenleigh and 85,815 GJ black coal for Rockhampton, which is equivalent to the annual natural gas usage of 900 Queensland homes.

Read the full case study here to learn how you can start your savings with sustainable practices.

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INNOVATION NEWS

Experts of exhibition

ecoBiz has been connecting with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), ahead of hosting the ecoBiz Leaders Forum Two on November 10.

BCEC, ranked in the top three convention centres worldwide by the International Association of Congress Centres, is the major driver of business tourism to Queensland. A founding member of Australia’s Greenhouse Challenge, the centre is a committed and long-term advocate of sustainable business practices, with a fast-paced agenda to implement benchmark initiatives.

Five things at the heart of BCEC's sustainability best practice:

1. Established management structures and systems to drive sustainability initiatives and practices across entire operations.
2. Working with customers and intermediary organisations to ensure all events are environmentally sustainable and where possible, greenhouse-neutral.
3. Partnering with suppliers to collaboratively reduce environmental impacts.
4. Establishing measurement regimes across operations to continually monitor and track sustainability performance against benchmark targets.
5. Showcasing high profile events to encourage sustainability practices within the industry.

ecoBiz leaders will have insider access to the centre with a site tour taking place during Leaders Forum Two. Find out more or register here.

 

ONLINE CONTENT

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How businesses are using smart technology to save money, time and the environment

Weds, 11 Nov

'Smart technology'... Have you ever wonder what that term actually means and if your business could benefit from intelligent technology? If so, don't miss this webinar with Danielle Storey from Smarter Technology Solutions.Danielle will be discussing how innovative and cutting edge technology is helping businesses save money and valuable time while also reducing their impact on the environment.

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Evaluate opportunities and turn ideas into actions

Weds, 25 Nov

You will learn about the ecoBiz tools that are available to your business to help you implement projects like these within your business. The workshop will discuss case studies of local and international companies that are reducing costs and their impact on the environment.

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TIP FROM THE EXPERTS

How much water does your business use?

All businesses use water, even if it’s only for the staff kitchen and for flushing toilets. The ecoBiz experts have put together six tips to get you thinking about water in your workplace. Knowing the appliances that are using water will help you identify where you can start making savings in your business.   

Easy, low-cost strategies

1. Taps and hoses: Ensure you turn off taps and hoses quickly and properly. Putting trigger mechanisms on all hoses makes them easier to turn off quickly.

2. Plumbing and equipment: Carry out regular inspections for water leaks in taps, toilets and hoses, and repair any leaks promptly. You might like to consider installing sub-meters on different parts of your system to allow you to track and manage leaks more easily.A leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water a month.

3. Do a leak audit: Record your water meter reading during a shutdown period such as a weekend or overnight - e.g. last thing on Friday and first thing on Monday. If the meter indicates the same numbers, then you don’t have a leak. Make sure all water sources are shut off for the period and remember cleaners often work at night. Consider asking the cleaner to read the meter if necessary. 

Investment strategies

4. Get water-efficient taps: A standard running tap releases approximately five litres of water each minute. Installing aerators can reduce this to around one litre. You might also be able to install elbow-action or sensor-activated taps, so they're easy to turn off while people are soaping their hands. Speak to your plumber for more advice.

5. Install rainwater tanks: You may be able to install rainwater tanks to supply water for purposes such as toilet-flushing, washdown and watering your landscaped areas. Speak to your local council or service provider about what's permitted.

6. Recycle greywater: Water that's already been used for washing and cleaning is known as greywater. Some greywater can be treated and re-used for toilet flushing and other approved purposes. Greywater treatment systems generally include a holding tank and filtration system, and come in a range of prices and sizes. Again, speak to your local council or service provider about what's allowed on your property.  

For more FAQs see our fact sheet to start reducing water use in your business and save. 

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