Cleaner production and efficient resource use
Cleaner production involves reducing environmental impacts along the entire life cycle of a product/service by conserving resources (raw materials, energy and water), eliminating toxic raw materials and reducing the quantity and toxicity of all emissions and wastes.
Cleaner production goes beyond meeting regulatory obligations and looks for further improvements to benefit the company as well as the environment. Owners and managers know their businesses best and can identify inefficiencies and waste with little or no support from cleaner production experts. Often it is little more than good 'housekeeping':
- reusing or recycling 'wastes' rather than sending them to landfill
- reducing or reusing packaging
- maintaining equipment and checking for wasteful compressed air leaks
- turning off equipment when not in use
- installing water saving devices and checking for leaks
Would you like to take the step? Participate in Sustainability Advantage by contacting Business Partnerships on (02) 8837 6000.
Profits from Cleaner Production - Self help tool
The cleaner production self-help tool helps small-to-medium sized enterprises reduce their operating costs by systematically identifying cleaner production opportunities.
The tool will help you uncover hidden costs and outline the five stages to developing and implementing a cleaner production program that will reduce costs and improve efficiencies. It will also assist you to win senior management commitment and integrate cleaner production plans and actions into your company's business plan.
Profiting from cleaner production
Cleaner production not only protects the environment but also significantly reduces business operating costs. A win for industry and a win for the environment.
During 2002-2006 more than 400 NSW businesses participated in the Industry Partnership Program. Read the case studies to learn what they did and how their environmental performance was greatly improved through cleaner production initiatives.
Why not accelerate and strengthen the environmental performance of your business? Discover the benefits of Sustainability Advantage through partnering with the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011