Reducing the amount of energy and water your business uses, and the waste it produces, could help reduce your operating costs and lower your greenhouse gas emissions.
Several services and grants are available to help South Australian businesses become more sustainable.
The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian government initiative that requires energy retailers to help households and businesses save on energy use and costs, and lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
When selling or leasing an office space of 2,000 square meters or more, most sellers or lessors must obtain and disclose an up-to-date energy efficiency rating.
The commercial building disclosure program is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments and established by the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 as part of a broad package of measures to encourage building energy efficiency. The Australian Government manages the program.
New commercial buildings must meet the energy efficiency requirements in the Building Code of Australia.
Building Upgrade Finance helps building owners access loans to improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency of existing commercial buildings.
The Energy Management Guide for Tenants assists office building tenants manage their energy use efficiently while having the light, warmth, cooling and power needed to support their business operations.
For South Australian businesses that use less than 160MWh of electricity a year, many of the household easy energy saving tips can help reduce your energy consumption.
Small businesses (defined as an electricity customer consuming less than 160 MWh of electricity per year) can compare their electricity prices and plans using the Energy Made Easy price comparison service. The small business estimator requires electricity bills from the past 12 months.
The EEX website helps Australian businesses support energy efficient practices with information, training advice and referral points for funding and local business programs.
The Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund supports Australian businesses and households to take practical, direct action to reduce emissions and improve the environment.
Climate change sector agreements are formal cooperative agreements between the Government of South Australia and businesses, industry sectors and community groups to help tackle climate change.
Zero Waste SA helps South Australian companies take a more sustainable approach to their waste management and resource use through their Industry Program.
The Industry Program identifies potential system weaknesses or inefficient processes and highlights opportunities for improved environmental practices that will enhance business productivity.
The key elements in the program are:
Zero Waste also offers a range of information and other services to help businesses recycle.
SA Water’s website provides information on how commercial and industrial customers can lower operating costs by monitoring and reducing water use.