Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a dynamic and oft under-appreciated part of the Australian economy. Businesses with under 200 employees drive the most employment and provide the most economic benefit to Australia, with SMEs making up over 57 % of the Australian economy.
The way these 2 million+ businesses consume energy, water and other resources, is critical to our societies ability to transform it’s economy to a more sustainable level. The good news is, that in doing this, the owners and managers of these businesses will save money and increase their profits.
Large amounts of energy are required to heat or cool the air inside a building so doing it efficiently is essential to minimising this expense.
By switching off equipment when it is not in use, we save energy and money. It is that simple.
Paper, and printing on it, cost money. It consumes resources and could often be avoided.
Most businesses generate "waste" products that should be recycled, if only to prevent harmful chemicals entering our food chain.
Small and medium businesses control their use of resources through their application of efficient work methods and technology. As a result, as efficiency technology grows, there is much room for improvement in the environmental performance of many SMEs. Business owners are recognizing that as the cost of energy, water and other limited resources rise, the value of best practice efficiency increases, thus speeding our transition to a sustainable society.
SME owners and managers are proud independently minded entrepreneurs who, are, in general, aware of the environmental issues that unsustainable consumption of resources is causing. As a result many SMEs are committed to wise and progressive environmental programs and having their business reflect and enact their concerns about our declining environment.
Environmental & Customer Services Department
Phone: 02 6540 1136
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.