The City will help another 100 small businesses to save water, energy and reduce waste as part of a continued Smart Business Live Green program, under a proposal unanimously endorsed by Council's Environment and Heritage committee on Monday night.
Part funded by Sydney Water, and now with the assistance of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, the Smart Business Live Green Program provides hands-on sustainability advice and support for small to medium sizes businesses including, restaurants and commercial offices that use more than 10,000 litres of water per day.
Businesses participating in last year's program received help to conduct water assessments, implement water efficiency measures, access energy efficiency programs and access to information about waste about management and recycling.
Participating businesses saved an average 1.8 million litres of water and reduced their annual water bills by an average $5,900, showing just how quickly water use can be reduced, and that improving water efficiency makes financial sense.
The City is one of only two Councils to be offered additional Sydney Water funding to continue the program this financial year. The renewed program will look to deliver savings of 120 mega-litres of water, over 2,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and significant waste reduction, while also achieving over $700,000 of utility bill cost savings for participating businesses.
The City will develop new programs to teach the lessons learnt by these businesses to help and support other small businesses across the City to reduce their energy and water use, and save money.
- Officer's report to committee: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/documents/meetings/2011/Committee/Environment/