Green business group launched
PETER Gregory has a dream: to see Fraser Coast businesses reaping the rewards of environmentally friendly practices.
Yesterday that dream became one step closer to fruition with the launch of a new group – the ClimateSmart Business Sustainability Cluster.
“Basically what we are looking to do is get local businesses to make changes so they can be more sustainable in the future,” said Mr Gregory, general manager of the Australian Industry Engineering and Manufacturing Network.
“It’s not about businesses changing everything overnight – it’s more like when a light bulb blows we can replace it with an energy saving bulb.”
The ClimateSmart cluster will be run in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Last year the department rolled out funding of up to $10,000 to clusters of businesses that were interested in saving money on energy and water while reducing their impact on the environment. There are now about 30 clusters in the state.
“For companies operating at a five per cent profit margin, every $5000 in savings has the same impact as an additional $100,000 in sales. That’s $5000 in money made without additional staff or material costs,” said environment minister Kate Jones.
So far the Fraser Coast cluster has brought together businesses such as Hyne and Son, Bombardier, Koppers Logs, Urangan Fisheries, Dale and Myers, USQ, Wide Bay TAFE and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Helen Leeson, Wide Bay TAFE faculty manager, said the campus had noticed a 13 per cent saving since changing the lights in the admin and engineering buildings to energy saving bulbs.
“We’re keen to reduce our carbon footprint and in turn have been reducing our energy costs.”