Adopting sustainable business practices is an operational and strategic priority for many Queensland businesses.
At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, we have witnessed a significant increase in the interest and uptake of sustainable business practices, not only to reduce emissions, but to save on energy and utility costs, respond to consumer demand, attract investment, and stay competitive.
Join us for this interactive panel discussion to learn from sustainable local businesses about how to become a ‘sustainably mature’ business including:
- Demystifying the jargon
- Reducing your energy, water and waste costs,
- Measuring your carbon footprint,
- Joining our free ecoBIZ program and becoming a star partner.
About CCIQ and the ecoBiz program
CCIQ’s free ecoBiz program, run in partnership with the Queensland Government, helps small and medium businesses develop action plans to increase sustainability. ecoBiz experts support businesses to audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water and energy bills.
Of the 1000 businesses across Queensland – from cafes and offices through to large manufacturing and processing facilities who have signed up to the program – 90 per cent have recorded an increase in energy efficiency and utility bill savings. Read their stories on the ecoBiz website.
Charlotte Taylor, Program Manager, ecoBiz
Charlotte is an experienced sustainable certification program manager, team leader, trainer and policy advisor. She is responsible for the successful delivery and development of the ecoBiz program – a free sustainable advisory program for small and medium businesses in Queensland.
Charlotte has nearly a decade of experience in working for sustainable certification programs across the construction and international tourism industries, including training some of the largest hotel chains in the world on sustainable practices. She also worked as a Policy Advisor for Austrade in their Tourism Recovery branch, assisting with COVID recovery grants across the Country and advising on tourism recovery policy for border reopening.
Sustainability has always been a passion of Charlotte’s, studying Environmental Management with Honors in Sustainable Development at the University of Queensland, and has now turned her focus from international and national sustainability advice, to assisting businesses here in Queensland on their sustainability journey.
Ian Chalmers, Director of Facilities at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been CCIQ ecoBiz participants since 2015 and have achieved and maintained 3-Star Partnership, demonstrating ongoing, focused commitment to their sustainability goals and initiatives.
Petroh Daczynski, Cellar Manager at Westside HQ
Westside HQ is a hospitality venue located in Corinda Queensland. They registered for the CCIQ ecoBiz program in 2022 and have made significant reductions in their energy, waste and water intensities. Westside HQ has achieved Star Partnership for demonstrating a 50% reduction in their waste intensity.
Phil Jackson, Director at Guymer Bailey Architects
Guymer Bailey Architects have been involved in the CCIQ ecoBiz program since 2015 and were recognized as Star Partner two years later. Since the beginning of their journey, Guymer Bailey Architects have implemented some very effective sustainability initiatives to reduce their resource intensity.