Sixty-three new Sustainability Advantage Partners were recognised on 3 June 2011
NSW business has boosted its bottom line by $50 million, thanks to the NSW Government's Sustainability Advantage Program that has helped improve productivity and increased raw material, energy, water and waste savings.
The NSW Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, recognised 2011's best performers at a World Environment Day breakfast event held at Doltone House, Pyrmont.
'Sustainability Advantage Members such as Sydney Opera House, Canon and Ferrero Australia are reaping the benefits of better environmental performance through lower costs,' Ms Parker said.
'Sustainability Advantage Members are reaping the benefits of better environmental performance through lower costs,' Ms Parker said.
The 63 businesses recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze Partners have saved $23.8 million, including 42,509 MWh of electricity, 98,729 MJ of gas, 2.2 billion litres of water, 45,000 tonnes of waste.
2011's best performers included the first two Gold Partners, Coverga and Focus Press, 15 Silver Partners and 46 Bronze Partners.
'These businesses have introduced initiatives that have reduced their environmental impact while also slashing their costs – it is a win for the environment and a win for the businesses involved,' Ms Parker said.
'This is about introducing practical changes today that create sustainability for tomorrow and help businesses reduce their costs,' Ms Parker said.
To advance from Member to Partner, participants must show outstanding results in the Program and meet the strict assessment criteria of the Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme.
Ms Parker said Partners represent 18 per cent of Program participants and achieved 47 per cent of the $50 million cost savings. Between them, Partners saved $23.8 million, including 42,509 MWh of electricity, 98,729 MJ of gas, 2.2 billion litres of water, and 45,000 tonnes of waste.
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