OCTOBER 2015

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UPCOMING EVENTS

OCT 20

Workshop 
Hervey Bay
How to do a site survey and find opportunities 

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OCT 20

Workshop 
Toowoomba
How to do a site survey and find opportunities 

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NOV 4

Workshop 
Gold Coast

Introduction to waste management 

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Success with the launch of ecoBiz Leaders Forums! 

The success of the recent ecoBiz Leaders Forum One held in August 2015 saw twenty leaders come together to share some of their experiences.

Forum One was hosted by Chris Hill and the Mater Hospital, and guided attendees through some of the exciting initiatives the team have implemented in the hospital. Chris shared insights into how the team have reduced the hospital's water use by 40%, paper use by 23% and energy use by 33% on specific projects.

Following on from the first event, we're excited to announce ecoBiz Leaders Forum Two at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on Nov 10, 2015. We will have Ian Chalmers, Facilities Manager, at BCEC walk us through some of the successes they've experienced through their sustainable initiatives. 

To register your interest for ecoBiz Leaders Forum Two at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre email ecoBiz@cciq.com.au.

CASE STUDY

Maryborough foundry invests in people and processes to build a stronger business. 

CQMS Razer is passionate about their staff and were eager to find opportunities to build their business in the wake of the mining industry boom in Australia. When times are tough, the company needed to refocus their energies to maintain a sustainable and profitable business. 

The company has used the slow-down to invest in people and processes and have attained ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 certification. They have also adopted lean manufacturing processes which go hand in hand with ecoBiz practises. The move to gain ISO certification will make the company more competitive within Australia and internationally.

The objective of CQMS Razer is to continue being world leaders in their field including in investment in people and processes. Highlights from their eco-efficiency practices include:  
• 95% of solid waste is recycled, up from 73% in 2012
• Reuse of timber rabbles to scrape slag instead of being sent to landfill
• Various alternatives identified for beneficial reuse of foundry sand waste
• Improvements in segregation of recyclable and general waste
• Improved administrative procedures reducing office paper use
• Dry cleaning instead of water and chemicals used in some areas
• The potential for runoff to storm-water was successfully solved by a staff project team which developed the ‘spill saver’ to eliminate the risk of runoff to the Mary River
• A successful recognition scheme where employees select and reward team mates for the ‘idea’ of the month.

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

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INNOVATION NEWS

Not so tarriffic news

As of July, restructured electricity tariffs mean certain businesses are now paying “power factor” charges, among other demand charges.

EcoBiz coach Penny Prasad, fresh from delivering the “Energy technologies for small business” webinar, explains that organisations using between 100 megawatt hours and 4 gigawatt hours per year are having their “demand charges” billed by kilovolt-ampere (kVa) and not by kilowatt, as previously.

Power companies have made the move in response to an increase in Queensland’s peak power demand.

“Businesses using 100 megawatt-hours per year or more could be a small-scale factory, definitely a hospital and maybe a multi-level office building,” Prasad says.

“It’s all about the capacity of the provider in your area to provide the peak amount at any one time.”

The July restructure was just the first stage of the tariff changes. Every business, regardless of overall usage, will come under the new demand charging regime by 2017.

To find out more, call our experts on 1300 731 988 or email ecoBiz@cciq.com.au

 

ONLINE CONTENT

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Materials efficiency and waste prevention for small business 

Thur, 8 Oct

With around 55% of all Queensland’s waste being sent to landfill there are many opportunities and challenges for small business to reduce waste.

Learn about materials efficiency, the waste minimisation hierarchy, and opportunities to better utilise waste streams by engaging with your own staff, suppliers and customers across the supply chain. Hear case studies of how some leading companies are minimising their waste.

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Financing energy efficiency and renewable energy products

Tues, 20 Oct

Andrew Chamberlin, ecoBiz Coach will talk with Lezel Fouche from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) about how the Corporation can support your business investments in energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.

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How to do a site survey and find money-saving opportunities

Tues, 27 Oct

You will also learn about what to look for when undertaking a walk through survey for water, waste and energy and we will point out some examples of actions you can take for some quick savings.

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TIP FROM THE EXPERTS

How much is waste costing your business? 

From small cafés and consultancy firms to large-scale manufacturers, industrials and corporates - waste costs your business, no matter the size. Understanding where your waste is coming from, can help you reduce this cost to your business. Here are a number of easy, low-cost strategies to make savings in your business include the following.   

Order in bulk where possible

This reduces packaging which often goes straight to waste. Bulk purchasing is usually cheaper, and you will also be reducing the environmental impacts (e.g. exhaust emissions) of frequent deliveries to your premises. However, capital tied up in storage and product use by dates should be considered.

Ask for eco-efficient packaging

If you're receiving hard-to-dispose-of packaging this can add to your waste disposal costs. If they can’t, try to find another supplier. Poor supplier packaging can add to your waste disposal costs.

Reduce disposables in your staff room

Make your kitchen more eco-efficient use handtowels instead of paper towels and washable cutlery and crockery instead of disposables. Encourage staff to compost suitable food scraps.

Manage wastewater

Review your operations and office water use to find where savings could be made. Some waste water can be recycled for other uses, for example, gardens or first rinse. 

For more FAQs visit the fact sheet to start reducing waste production in your business so you can in turn make savings.


ECOBIZNESSES ACROSS QLD ARE REDUCING THEIR WASTE BY AN AVERAGE OF

45%

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