NSW business leaders celebrate environmental gains

NSW GovernmentTo mark World Environment Day, 51 NSW business leaders were awarded for improving sustainability at a recognition breakfast hosted by the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park this morning (Friday, June 4th).

DECCW Acting Director General, Simon Smith said the 51 businesses were being recognised as Silver or Bronze Partners for strengthening environmental performance through the Sustainability Advantage Program.

“Businesses are realising the benefits of sustainability, with a combined $13 million saved to date through improved energy and resource efficiency,” Mr Smith said.

“The 428 Sustainability Advantage members have also saved 31,000 tonnes of carbon pollution, more than 240 million of litres of water, 2,400 tonnes of raw materials and diverted 6,000 tonnes of waste from landfill,” he said.

Mr Smith presented awards to regional and metropolitan Sustainability Advantage members from the manufacturing, registered clubs, tourism, aged care and community services, wineries, and tertiary education sectors.

“These businesses are leading by example, proving that productivity and profitability are directly linked with environmental performance,” Mr Smith said.

“Member organisations adopt a holistic approach that goes beyond the sole focus of energy and resource savings,” Mr Smith said.

“Through careful planning and monitoring, developing close relationships with supply chains and engaging staff, organisations are setting the foundation for long term environmental gains.”

The first nine businesses to be become Silver Partners, demonstrating significant environmental achievements include:

  • Converga, St Leonards
  • The Austral Brick Company, Horsley Park
  • De Bortoli Wines, Griffith
  • Focus Press, Enfield
  • Marquis Bathroom Products, Taylors Beach, Port Stephens
  • Offset Alpine Printing, Lidcombe
  • Ontera Modular Carpets, Wentworthville
  • Schindler Lifts Australia, Alexandria
  • TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Crows Nest

This is the second year the Recognition Breakfast event has been held. The Sustainability Advantage Program has been engaging business in improved environmental performance since 2007.

Visit savepower.nsw.gov.au/business for more information about DECCW’s programs to help businesses cut energy use, lower power bills, improve sustainability and reduce their impact on our environment.

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