New guide helps Victorian Business join The Clean Revolution

19 October 2010

Melbourne, 19 October: The Climate Group and the Government of Victoria today launched a new guide that will help Victorian businesses cut emissions, increase efficiency and save money.

'Cashing in on Carbon' was launched by Jacinta Allan, Victorian Minister for Industry and Trade, at a climate leader’s breakfast attended by senior representatives from business, government and the environment sector.

The Minister commended the Guide to businesses as a valuable tool that would help them make the transition to the low carbon economy: “Cashing in on Carbon is an invaluable resource for any business, large or small, looking to reduce their impact on the environment while also making savings and boosting profitability. It will empower Victorian businesses to take actions that, together, have the potential to make a significant impact on our state’s overall emissions.”

Rupert Posner, the Australia Director of the Climate Group said: “In a globalized world, it is vital for Victoria’s economy that we act at the head of the field, rather than lagging behind. The case studies in this guide show that some businesses are waking up to the opportunities that the clean revolution is bringing. They are realizing the benefits in increased revenue and competitive advantage. This guide will help other Victorian businesses to follow their lead.”

Guests also heard from two of the businesses featured in the Guide:

Ralph Plarre, joint CEO of Victorian bakery chain Ferguson Plarre spoke passionately about how his business had drastically cut its energy use and emissions through better energy efficiency, and by building a low carbon culture among employees.

Since building its new energy efficient bakery, Ferguson Plarre has saved around $250,000 – $300,000 each year on electricity costs. The savings mean that it has covered the costs of all changes within a year.

David McInnes, Group Environment Manager at Linfox, told how the supply chain giant has been able to reduce total emissions by 14 per cent in three years, despite an increase of 21 per cent in the distance its vehicles travel. As well as the environmental benefits, David emphasized the business related benefits of taking action, such as huge savings on costs and increased employee engagement.

The audience also heard from Dianne Hood, Head of Carbon Down for the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tim Piper of the Australian Industry Group. Both organizations provided valuable input into the Guide, along with Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Agency, Small Business Victoria and the Energy Efficiency Council.

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