Free program to help Queensland businesses save money, environment

12 August 2022

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs

The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon


A joint initiative between the Palaszczuk Government and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) helping businesses reduce their bills and impact on the environment has been extended. 


Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon has announced the Palaszczuk Government will invest $1.5 million to continue the popular ecoBiz program, which to-date has helped thousands of Queensland businesses implement sustainable initiatives.  


“We want to see businesses across our state thrive and become leaders in sustainability, supporting good jobs, better services and a great lifestyle,” Minister Scanlon said.  


“Businesses are hungry – not just to grow, but also to have good environmental credentials and to do their bit to take action on climate change.  


“Not only are water and energy the biggest expenses for many businesses, they’re also often a big source of pollution and emissions.  By working to reduce waste, business also saves money while keeping more out of landfill and contributing to our circular economy.   


“This program links up businesses with experts in the field to identify both simple changes and new systems they can implement to keep those costs down and turn their sustainability up.  


“Many businesses have been able to reduce their waste, water and energy usage upwards of 40 per cent within a year.” 


Minister Scanlon this week joined CCIQ CEO Heidi Cooper at Guymer Bailey Architects, a participant in the program, that has not only implemented initiatives in its businesses but also in its projects.  


Ms Cooper said adopting sustainable business practices was an operational priority for businesses aiming to reduce production waste and save on utility expenditure.     


“Through the ecoBiz program, CCIQ is leading the adoption of sustainable business practices in Queensland to accelerate immediate and long-term business benefits,” Ms Cooper said.  


“Sustainable businesses are ready businesses; ready to meet supply chain needs, ready to be competitive for procurement opportunities, ready to export and ready to maximise a sustainable Olympics legacy. 


Ms Cooper said the ecoBiz program allowed businesses to implement budget friendly recommendations provided by ecoBiz sustainability experts to save money and increase efficiencies towards becoming more sustainable as well as reducing their carbon footprint.    


“It’s great to see the ecoBiz program extended into its ninth year which enables us to continue supporting Queensland businesses on their sustainability journey,” Ms Cooper said.   


"Since its inception in 2013, CCIQ’s ecoBiz program has provided support to  businesses to reduce water, waste and energy usage.   


“We’ve helped businesses in every industry, of multiple sizes and in every part of the state.  


“More than 90% of businesses who have committed to the program recorded an increase in savings.” 




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