FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: I’M INTERESTED. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

A: Fill out the 'Join now' form here, to get started. Meanwhile, check out our free webinars and other resources here to see how ecoBiz offers practical ways for you to improve your business.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE PROGRAM?

A: The CCIQ ecoBiz program is completely free. Any ecoBiz recommendations you put into action within your workplace may cost you money – but how much it costs and when you decide to spend that money is entirely up to you.

Q: HOW LONG DOES ECOBIZ TAKE?

A: Once you've registered, you are required to complete a survey to capture the details of your business, and expectations from the program.  12 months of your utility bill data is also required to guide your coaching session and provide a benchmark for your costs and resource use.   

All up, the ecoBiz program is designed to be finished within 12 month, however implementing the action plan is an individual journey, and time and resource commitments can vary based on your sustainability goals.  

Q: DO I NEED TO BE A CCIQ MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE?

A: No – the program is open to all Queensland businesses.  Businesses must have 5 (full time equivalent) employees or more to be eligible for a coaching session, however we have a 'do it yourself' toolkit  here and  our other resources available here.

Q: I AM A SMALL BUSINESS. WILL I REALLY SAVE MONEY?

A: All businesses, big and small, that participate in ecoBiz walk away with solid strategies to reduce costs. How much you save is up to you and the action plan you implement. 

On average, businesses that participate in the ecoBiz program save: 

  • 6% of your energy costs 

  • 19% of your water costs 

  • 22% of your waste costs 

[figures as at Mar 2017] 

Businesses must have 5  (full time equivalent) employees or more to be eligible for a coaching session, however we have a 'do it yourself' toolkit here and our other resources available here.

Q: WHO JOINS ECOBIZ?

A: ecoBiz has been running in Queensland for more than a decade. Right now, around 400 businesses are participating, from small cafes and offices through to large manufacturing and processing facilities.

Q: DO I NEED TO MONITOR ALL THREE: ENERGY, WATER AND WASTE?

A: No. You can choose to just monitor the resources you’re concerned about in your business. However, we've discovered from our work with thousands of Queensland businesses that the best savings – including better business-wide efficiency – come from addressing power, water and waste costs at the same time.

Q: HOW CAN I REDUCE MY ERA FEES? 

A: Your business is eligible for a 10% ERA fee reduction, when at least 10% reduction is attained in either energy, water or waste.  However, all three must be monitored to be eligible for the reduction. 

Q: IS THERE ANY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO HELP ME THROUGH ECOBIZ?

A: The ecoBiz tools are simple to use, and the program is easy to finish. A free site visit and coaching session with an ecoBiz coach will help you identify areas you can improve around your business.

Our ecoBiz team members are available by phone or email if you have any queries. Phone 1300 731 988 or email ecobiz@cciq.com.au.

Q: I HAVE HAD ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE ISSUES. CAN I STILL JOIN?

A: Yes, provided your business is currently complying with environmental legislation.

Q: WE’VE ALREADY REDUCED OUR WATER AND ELECTRICITY AS MUCH AS WE CAN.  SO HOW CAN ECOBIZ HELP US?

A: By recording the reductions, you may qualify for automatic recognition as an ecoBiz Star Partner. Then, by participating in the ecoBiz program you can identify other opportunities to reduce your resource use or waste.

Q: HOW WILL MY BUSINESS BE PROMOTED ONCE I’VE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM?

A: Once you’ve achieved at least a 10% reduction in energy water and/or waste: 

  • your business can use the ecoBiz Star Partner logo in promotional materials and tenders
  • you may be eligible to develop a case study detailing the eco-efficiency initiatives your business has implemented
  • you'll be promoted on the CCIQ ecoBiz website, and your successes promoted across ecoBiz social media channels
  • you'll receive recognition at our Leaders Forums.
Q: I COMPLETED THE OLD ECOBIZ PROGRAM RUN BY THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY ACCREDITATION?

A: Your accreditation remains, as long as you continue to submit your data for reassessment every 12 months while maintaining or reduce your resource use.