GreenBizCheck Case Studies




DLA Piper Australia Case Study

Background

Leading Law Firm DLA Piper undertook GreenBizCheck' certification program at their Brisbane office. Their objectives were

  • Real bottom line savings and
  • Significant carbon emissions reduction

Six Month Results

Unit Percentage
Electricity -38%
Consumables -20%

Other Benefits


Verification of Green Credentials
  • Significant competitive advantage in tender submission

Certification
  • Usage of logo on all marketing material
  • Useful for new business marketing

Team Building
  • Staff involvement resulting in behavioural change that further underpins the firm's sustainability drive

Electricity (-38%)

Main Actions

  • Activation of IT power saving applications
  • Switch off campaigns and more efficient air-con settings

Consumables: Stationery (-20%)

Main Actions

  • Implementation of a major paper reduction strategy
  • Increase of electronic invoices to 80% of their clients



Resources for Profit Case Study

Resources for Profit

Background

Resources for Profit are an office based business, located in Silverwater, Sydney; with an office space of 120m2 and six staff. This case study summarises the key energy saving actions implemented and the achieved energy savings. It is worth noting that the outcomes were achieved with minimal capital expenditure.

Resource for Profit's Objective:

Real bottom line savings focusing on reducing increasing electricity cost and reducing carbon emissions by implementing simple, effective actions from the comprehensive GreenBizCheck program.

Results over a Three Year Period

Year Cost p.a. kWh p.a. Ave Cost/kWh % Reduction Base 2010 $ Savings Base 2010
2010 $3,640 16,560 $0.2198
2011 $3,192 13,682 $0.2333 -17% $671
2012 $2,900 9,361 $0.3098 -43% $2,231

Total Savings: Taking into account a 40% rise in electricity prices from 2010 to 2012 Resource for Profit has saved over $2,900 over 24 months. With electricity prices expected to rise even further they will now benefit even more from these higher efficiencies in the future.

Electricity

Main Actions

  • Switching off appliances at the wall
  • Optimising air conditioning settings
  • Replacing all inefficient lighting and bulbs with efficient lighting and bulbs
  • Improving printer and photocopier efficiency
  • Moving the refrigerator to a cooler spot
  • Monitoring power consumption and completing an energy audit

Certification Logo

Resource for Profit has achieved Bronze level certification.

Certification levels are based against a 100% rating and start at 70% for Bronze, 80% Silver and 90% Gold. Initially achieving 43%, Resource for Profit followed the GreenBizCheck action plan and is now at 71% giving them access to the Bronze certification logo for use on all of their marketing material sending a clear sustainability leader message to the market place.




eCorner Case Study

eCorner

Background

eCorner is an office based business, with their head office located in an old sandstone cottage c 1875 in Gladesville, Sydney; with an office space of 89.2m2. This case study summarises the key energy saving actions implemented and the achieved energy savings. It is worth noting that the outcomes were achieved with minimal capital expenditure.

eCorners's Objective:

Real bottom line savings focusing on reducing increasing electricity cost and reducing carbon emissions by implementing simple, effective actions from the comprehensive GreenBizCheck program.

Results over a Two Year Period

Year Cost p.a. kWh p.a. Ave Cost/kWh Total Staff
Calendar 2011 $2,027.47 8,119 $0.171 7
Calendar 2012 $2,172.35 7,093 $0.238 10

Total Savings: Even with an increase in 3 full time staff, electricity usage was reduced by 1,026kWh p.a. Taking into account electricity price rises and increased staff from January 2011 to December 2012 it still only resulted in a $145 increase over the period. With electricity prices expected to rise even further and more initiatives to be further implemented they will now benefit even more from these higher efficiencies in the future.

Electricity

Main Actions

  • Replaced printer/ fax with Multi Function Centre
  • Improving printer and photocopier efficiency
  • All staff implemented power savings on their laptops and stopped using screen savers
  • Replacing all inefficient lighting and/or bulbs with efficient lighting and/or bulbs
  • Optimising air conditioners by running temperatures between 22 and 24 degrees
  • On-going support of telecommuting.

Certification Logo

eCorner has achieved Silver level certification.

Certification levels are based against a 100% rating and start at 70% for Bronze, 80% Silver and 90% Gold. Initially achieving 71%, eCorner followed the GreenBizCheck action plan and is now at 84% giving them access to the Silver certification logo for use on all of their marketing material sending a clear sustainability leader message to the market place.


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