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Help to cut your energy and water use and manage waste.

On this page

  • Find programs to help measure, track and reduce your resource use
  • Know what help is available to manage and reduce waste
  • Get ideas to start being more sustainable

If you want to cut your energy and water use, as well as your waste, the good news is you don't have to do it on your own.

Reduce energy use

Sustainability Victoria is offering Boosting Productivity energy assessment grants to help small and medium sized businesses find energy efficiency improvements, review pricing tariffs, and suitable renewable energy options.

Two grant types are available to cover 50% of the cost of an energy assessment at your business site:

  • Basic energy assessment grant: up to $2000 towards the cost of the assessment. This is recommended for businesses spending between $20,000 and $50,000 on energy per annum.
  • Detailed energy assessment grant: up to $6000 towards the cost of the assessment. This is recommended for businesses spending more that $50,000 on energy per annum.

A $3000 implementation bonus is also available for businesses that carry out one or more assessment recommendations, which will result in an energy (GJ) reduction at the business site.

Apply here

Reduce water use

To perform a water audit, or if you're planning to reuse or recycle water, visit:

Reduce and manage waste

To handle and recycle your waste access help from:

  • Recycling Near You to search for local recycling information
  • Waste Wise program to assess your waste production. It also helps you develop a waste reduction plan. Find out more by contacting the local Waste Management Group in your area.

How can I get started on being more sustainable?

Additional ways to plan and introduce sustainable practices in your business include:

  • reading the advice on your council, energy or water retailer's website
  • hiring a professional for a detailed environmental analysis, simply visit the Clean Energy Regulator for a list of accredited energy auditors. The audit can involve a complete assessment, or help with just one aspect e.g. thermal performance assessment or refrigeration and air conditioning assessment
  • contacting your industry association to find out if an active sustainability related project exists, or be the one to start a project for your industry
  • investigating what grants and assistance are available in Victoria for your industry e.g. Re-Tooling for Climate Change is a grant for small to medium sized manufacturers to reduce their environmental footprint by improving the energy or water efficiency of their production processes