Auckland businesses “go green” and save
Businesses from across the Auckland region are saving money and the environment with EcoBiz, a free service provided by Auckland Council.
EcoBiz Advisor Service offers small to medium-sized businesses independent advice on their energy consumption, water use, waste and pollution impacts.
Councillor Arthur Anae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, says, “A number of businesses used EcoBiz last year and have been enthusiastic about the service the council is offering. It’s exciting to have a service that aims to improve business and the environment at the same time.”
EcoBiz was launched in 2014 and has so far given valuable advice to a wide range of businesses including cafes, manufacturers, educational institutes and tourism operators. The service is now seeking more applicants for 2015.
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari General Manager Brad Kirner, who signed up for the service last year, says; “When the opportunity to use EcoBiz was presented to me it really was a no-brainer. Not only is the service free but we’re starting to see some reductions in our operating costs.”
“We wanted to practice sustainability and become a green school,” says Jasbir Kaur, Deputy Campus Principal at Mt Wellington tertiary institute NZMA. “Once you have something to work with it’s easier to find budget to implement initiatives.”
“It was a win-win,” says Michael Keenan, Financial Controller at Wiri automotive dealer Trucks and Trailers. “By making improvements, we can ensure the wellbeing of our staff as well as saving costs.”
The free service, which provides businesses with a two-hour consultation, includes an onsite assessment by an expert advisor and tailored recommendations.
Additional information – OurAuckland EcoBiz March 2015
Email [email protected] to apply and book a visit from an EcoBiz advisor or call (09) 301 0101 for more information.