Greening for Growth
Operating an environmentally sustainable business doesn't just provide environmental benefits. Reducing waste and water consumption and improving energy efficiency also provides the following benefits to your business:
- Reduces operating costs
- Improves your business image to customers
- Engages staff and suppliers
The following organisations can help you towards making your business more environmentally sustainable:
Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL)
Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable energy. They work in partnership with Council to deliver Moreland's Ambitious Zero Carbon Evolution strategy to achieve a 22 per cent reduction in carbon emissions across the Moreland community by 2020.
MEFL's team of energy experts (called Positive Charge) can provide advice to help you get a better deal for energy, reduce your energy consumption and generate your own power. They regularly test the market for quality suppliers of products such as LED lights, solar and insulation. They also have up to date information on the latest government discounts and incentives.
MEFL's Solar For Business program makes it easy for you to go solar. They have carefully vetted the market to identify three quality solar suppliers. MEFL can arrange free no-obligation quotes from these suppliers. They will also help you understand which quote would be the right deal for you and provide guidance on finance options that enable you to install environmental upgrades with no upfront costs. These include Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) and Community Solar. Click here for more information on the finance options.
Council are currently working with the Positive Charge team to provide Moreland businesses who switch to LED lights with a 10% discount of the price of installation (up to the value of $2,000). Places are limited so if you'd like to take advantage of this funding get in touch straight away by clicking here.
Yarra Valley Water
What are you doing to save water in your business and is there anything more you can do?
Saving water means less pressure on Melbourne's water resources and improved financial performance for businesses. Yarra Valley Water (YVW) offers a range of tailored solutions to assist different businesses meet the challenges of reducing operating costs and improving water efficiency.
To view current the current programs and resources on offer from YVW click here.
To view current grants and rebates on offer click here.
Environmentally Sustainable Design
The Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) team is responsible for development and implementation of plans, policies, strategies and assessments to facilitate environmental sustainability at Council. They are responsible for a number of key iniatives including:
- Improving the energy efficiency and increasing sustainable local energy generation of Council buildings/precintcs to tackle climate change;
- Developing and implementing projects that improve the quality of water entering waterways from within Moreland; and
- Provision of ESD engineering assessment and advice for Council projects or planning permit applications/planning scheme amendments.
To find out more ways to save water and reduce pollutant levels entering the drains or if you a considering a renovation and want to improve the environmental performance of your building contact Council's ESD team on 9240 1111.
Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF)
Moreland Council now offers Environmental Upgrade Finance to assist Moreland’s businesses to save money and improve their environmental performance. The Sustainable Melbourne Fund is working in partnership with Council to deliver this service.
Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) are a proven way for building owners to fund building upgrades. When businesses do these kinds of upgrades it creates jobs, improves the living standards of residents and reduces our carbon footprint. An EUA is a loan to upgrade a building where the repayments are administered through the local council. To access finance an agreement between the building owners, lenders and local governments is put in place. For more information click here.