Power to small business with $1 million ecoBiz announcement
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is delighted with a near million-dollar boost to its ecoBiz program, which will help more small businesses save on their energy bills.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt has announced $916,000 will be committed to ecoBiz in 2017-18 to “develop the enhanced business sustainability program”.
“The Queensland Government wants to work with small and medium businesses to drive down costs. That is why the Department of Environment and Heritage protection is partnering with CCIQ to develop and enhanced ecoBiz program,” says the Treasurer’s Budget statement.
“EcoBiz supports small and medium businesses to reduce their energy and water consumption, waste production and carbon footprint.”
Mr Pitt said the $916,000 would “help Queensland businesses achieve efficiencies, foster environmental innovation and drive down costs”.
CEO of CCIQ Stephen Tait welcomed the Budget announcement, saying: “Thousands of small and medium businesses have benefited from the previous ecoBiz program, and this revamped model will continue to deliver free support.
“This important partnership with the Government will help small and medium businesses undertake assessments to determine which activities would best help achieve savings on energy, water and waste. The ecoBiz program is an exceptional example of government and industry working together to meet the needs of the business community.
“We are committed to supporting businesses to better understand energy, water and waste costs and how to save money through sustainability initiatives. A partnership such as this shows the commitment of the Queensland Government to help alleviate pressure on businesses across the state.”
CCIQ has delivered the successful ecoBiz program for three-and-a-half years now.
In this time, CCIQ has been instrumental in helping organisations cut their energy, water and waste bills by an average of 16 per cent. The program has saved ecoBiz partners a staggering $255,000.
CCIQ ecoBiz Star Partners have saved almost 7350 tonnes of CO₂ -- equivalent to 2880 cars being taken off the road every year.
The CCIQ ecoBiz program encourages Queensland’s small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop eco-efficiency strategies that reduce their energy and water consumption and waste generation to enable them to be more competitive and resilient moving into the future.
CCIQ ecoBiz Star Partners have saved on average approximately:
• 5 per cent off their energy costs
• 19 per cent off their water costs
• 22 per cent off their waste costs
The ecoBiz program utilises a unique combination of tools for SMEs, including one-on-one coaching with sustainability experts, online resources, webinars, workshops and events.
More than 100 businesses have achieved ecoBiz Star Partnership and more than 700 businesses have received personalised, one-on-one coaching sessions, which provide tailored advice on how to reduce their energy, water and waste costs. More than 1000 people have attended over 100 ecoBiz workshops.