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Resource efficiency to help industry

Tasmanian industries are being encouraged to do more with less and sign up for a new State Government program to increase resource efficiency and minimise waste.

The Government has committed million until June 2008 to the CleanBiz program which promotes clean and lean production as a smart business strategy.

CleanBiz emphasises that enormous productivity gains can be made simply by using resources more efficiently.

It is capitalising on a fundamental shift in business thinking. Environmental issues are no longer being viewed as costs and instead are seen as an opportunity to add value for business.

Companies that take part in CleanBiz will get the opportunity to improve their economic, environmental and social bottom lines with the help of an expert eco-efficiency facilitator.

A growing number of Australian businesses have consistently demonstrated in practice that an eco-efficient approach to business management delivers improved profits and reduced impact on the environment.

CleanBiz is part of Tasmania’s Living Environment Program and is backed by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It will be administered by the Environment Division of the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment with government partner the Department of Economic Development.

The first call for applications for funding will be advertised in August 2006 followed by a second round in April 2007.