Sustainability for Businesses

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There are programs and initiatives available to help Queensland local governments, business and industry operate more sustainably and reduce their corporate emissions. Find out more from the below links.

  • ecoBiz
    Assists small to medium sized businesses develop an action plan to improve their resource efficiency and environmental sustainability. This enables businesses to increase the sustainability of their business operations, while also reducing their operational costs.
  • Manufacturing Sustainability Benchmarking Program
    Helps manufacturers understand their sustainability progress with an online benchmark assessment. The report provides detailed results and recommended actions for improvement.
  • Climate change risk management tool for small businesses
    Contains information on climate change, the related risks, and checklists to assess these risks.
  • Small businesses adapt to climate-related shocks
    Identifies potential adaptation actions to ensure your business stays resilient, sustainable and profitable into the future.
  • Emissions Reduction Fund
    Earn Australian carbon credit units for every tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent stored or avoided through adopting new practices and technologies.
  • Driving the Nation Program
    An ongoing program developed to enable the demonstration and deployment of new zero emissions vehicle technologies.
  • Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme 
    Provides rebates of $3,000 for eligible new Zero Emission Vehicles purchased from 16 March 2022 (effective from July 2023).
  • Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)
    Benefits for households and small businesses to help with purchase costs of small-scale renewable energy system (solar, wind or hydro) or eligible hot water system.
  • Product Stewardship for Oil Program
    provides financial benefit for businesses that recycle oil or use recycled oil in their operations.
  • Advancing Renewables Program
    Supports a range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects including opportunities to optimise the transition to renewable electricity, commercialise clean hydrogen and support the transition to low emissions metals.
  • Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre (PAIGC)
    Aims to grow the renewables industry and establish Australia as a leader in renewable technologies.
  • Plastic Free CQ
    Helps food retail, cafes and food vendor businesses across the Rockhampton Region go plastic free.
  • Energy Savers Plus Program Extension
    Provides free audits for agricultural businesses to identify better ways to manage electricity, and grants of up to $20,000 to implement recommendations.
  • Drought Preparedness Grants Program
    Assists primary producers to undertake on-farm capital improvements to improve drought preparedness.

Further details on support for businesses and industries can be found at Climate action resources for business and industry.