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Prince of Wales Bay gears up for resource efficiency project

Specialist help is being made available to businesses in the Prince of Wales Bay precinct to identify and implement energy, water and waste efficiencies and cost savings.

Small to medium maritime industries are embarking on the Sustainable Business Project which aims to improve business sustainability with a focus on resource efficiency.

Prince of Wale Bay is an area long recognised as a centre of ship building, repair and refitting, machine workshops, manufacturers of marine safety equipment and specialist nautical component designers and manufacturers.

The EPA, through the CleanBiz Tasmania program, has formed an alliance with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (DEDTA), the Glenorchy City Council and the Tasmania Maritime Network to implement an environmental education and training program that will provide cost savings and resource efficiencies for businesses in the bay precinct.

The EPA Board and DEDTA share a common goal to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of small to medium enterprises. They have contributed ,000 and ,000 respectively with other stakeholders offering in-kind support.

CleanBiz Business Sustainability Adviser Helen Peters said the project is consistent with a strategic plan for the bay which includes developing the area as a maritime industry precinct in terms of infrastructure, sustainable industry, employment and skills development, social inclusion and liveability.

"By focusing on resource efficiency, small to medium enterprises in the Prince of Wales Bay precinct are being offered the opportunity to lower their operating costs by using less energy and water and producing less waste, including greenhouse gas emissions," Helen said.

"This will improve their collective bottom line and their impact on the environment will be reduced."

In tandem with environmental and financial benefits, the project will also enable businesses to improve their awareness and understanding of the environmental regulatory framework for existing and proposed waterside enterprises, including environmental legislation and codes of best practice.

Helen said that while the EPA Division will take an active role in the leadership group for the 12-month project, consultant service providers are coordinating and implementing project activities.

They will work directly with the participating businesses to review business operations, identify opportunities and implement actions for improving resource efficiency.

Workshops about applying and integrating sustainable business principles and measures into workplace systems, as well as improving awareness of environment regulations, will be held.

Helen said cost savings of about - per annum per business have been achieved in CleanBiz projects on King Island and in Launceston, along with a reduction in resource use of about 10 per cent.