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Environmental audit

Identify and implement solutions to cut energy use

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  • Benefits of getting an environmental audit
  • Find an environmental auditor for your business

Environmental or sustainability audits are useful for businesses with large bills for energy, water or waste.

For example, a bakery franchise could apply the lessons learnt from an audit to all franchises, and update the national operation or a production process.

An environmental audit can help you to:

  • make long-term savings to energy or water, or reduce waste – for example, a printing firm switches to waterless inks and uses only one fiftieth of their previous water consumption 
  • find unexpected ways to save money by recommending changes in behaviour –  a good audit will take a close look at your business and suggest changes to workplace behaviours
  • become more sustainable and create new marketing opportunities with other businesses or consumers – this can include getting formal recognition or accreditation.

Who can do an energy and water audit?

Tips, advice and further resources

  • Before you hire an auditor, ask if they have any case studies on a similar business to help you decide on their approach and successes. 
  • Some auditing companies offer software linked to an accounting package to track energy and water usage after the audit.
  • Once the first environmental audit is completed and savings have been made, business operators typically start looking for even more ways to be efficient.
  • Sustainability Victoria offers grants of up to $18000 for businesses through the boosting productivity energy assessment grants program