About Freedom's sustainability leader Rob Absalom said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from participating businesses.
About Freedom's sustainability leader Rob Absalom said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from participating businesses. Renee Pilcher

Business cluster brings savings

RESULTS from Gympie's second ClimateSmart Business Cluster were described as phenomenal - proof that looking after the environment is a great way for businesses to improve their bottom line. Overall, the Cluster businesses achieved more than $67,000 in direct savings, thanks to practical strategies delivered by sustainability business About Freedom.

Twelve Gympie businesses joined the Cluster, with the Civic Centre achieving fantastic results in reducing annual energy, water and waste costs by about $20,000.

These results, released at the Cluster Awards in Gympie last week, have won About Freedom statewide recognition as a Cluster leader, surprising local businesses in how much was achieved with little or no cost.

About Freedom's sustainability leader Rob Absalom said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from participating businesses.

"We said at the beginning of the Cluster program that it is a great way to improve your business' bottom line, learn practical strategies for making a real difference to our environment and prepare for a future where energy and water prices are increasing dramatically," he said.

"It's been a pleasure working with the 12 Gympie businesses that joined the Cluster.

"We have also appreciated the assistance of Gavin Creed from Red Cross Recycling and Elli Webb, a recycling educator for inspiring participants to improve their waste management and recycling."

Since February this year, About Freedom has assisted each business with gathering baseline data on current practices, compiled an individualised action plan, provided ongoing support and advice to help businesses implement the recommendations, measure results and complete reporting requirements.

The program is an initiative of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

For more information, phone 1300 907 887.

CLIMATE CLUSTER SAVINGS: RESULTS

  • 15% reduction in waste produced
  • 134% increase in recycling
  • 32% reduction in water usage
  • 11% rise in energy savings 
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