Business sustainability

Using sustainable resources and introducing recycling and waste reduction measures can have a positive effect on the environment, but can also improve your business’s profitability and reputation.

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Sustainable energy

Switching to a more sustainable source of energy is a cost effective way to make your business more environmental friendly. If you are interested in switching, you may be eligible for government assistance.

Recycling and waste reduction

Reducing the amount of waste that your business creates can reduce associated waste management costs and prevent items from going to landfill unnecessarily.

Lightweight plastic and one use plastic bag ban

Lightweight plastic shopping bags are now banned in Victoria. 

Single-use straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria by February 2023. The ban will help reduce plastic pollution. Business can choose reusables instead, or eliminate the use of certain items altogether.

The ban applies to all retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more. 

Powering Business in Victoria - Market Facilitation Program

The Victorian Government wants to understand the best options to facilitate more competitive and certain renewable electricity supply for Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers as the electricity market transitions to renewable electricity.

We are undertaking this consultation process to gain industry and community insights on the barriers C&I electricity users and renewable energy developers face in securing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and if and how a Market Facilitation Platform could address these barriers to:

  • Improve accessibility to PPAs by supporting more interaction between electricity users and existing and new renewable energy developers
  • Deliver more competitive electricity prices or more price certainty
  • Help C&I electricity users achieve their sustainability objectives
  • Stimulate a more stable pipeline of new renewable energy projects in Victoria to enable a sustainable renewable energy industry.

The consultation process provides an opportunity for C&I electricity users, renewable energy developers, key players in the facilitation of PPAs, community stakeholders, and other interested parties to share their perspectives on reducing barriers to accessing low-cost clean electricity and renewable electricity investment.

Have your say and register for information sessions.