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The ecoBiz program aims to encourage industry through regional education, training, marketing, promotion, improved management awareness and networking initiatives to reduce their impact on the environment through eco-efficiency. This manifests itself in greater profitability by not wasting precious resources.
ecoBiz is the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency's signature partnership program with Queensland business and industry. EcoBiz can help your business achieve cost savings and take advantage of the profitability of improved environmental performance.
The program encourages businesses to become more eco-efficient and profitable through smarter water, energy and materials consumption. EnviroIndustry Gold Coast is an ally partner with the EPA for delivering the ecoBiz program to Gold Coast businesses.
What sets the ecoBiz program apart from other eco-efficiency tools is that it provides the user with a simple methodology for defining resource costs in terms of units of production. This assists a business to prioritise areas for improvement, and enables accurate calculations of payback periods.
In addition to establishing new process benchmarks, some businesses find that eco-efficiency initiatives make a major contribution to continuous improvement and innovation. Ultimately, the business outcomes of improved eco-efficiency are competitive advantage, a stronger market position and growth.
The ecoBiz program starts with an application, then a baseline assessment, followed by a site survey, action plan, implementation and re-assessment process, where resource consumption is re-assessed to demonstrate savings.
The seven principles of eco-efficiency:
1. Reduce the material intensity of goods and services (make more goods with fewer inputs)
2. Reduce the energy intensity of goods and services (make more goods with less energy)
3. Reduce the dispersion of any toxic substances (make more goods with less poisonous waste)
4. Enhance the recyclability of materials (make the goods recyclable)
5. Maximuse sustainable use of renewable resources (make goods out of materials that won't run out)
6. Extend the durability of products (make goods that last)
7. Increase the service intensity of goods and services (meet demand with a service and not with goods).
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