businesses


HOW DO WE HELP BUSINESSES

We partner with business owners, operators, and landlords to improve energy efficiency, access renewable energy, reduce water use and waste.

The business program has two parts:

1. Sustainable Business Network - opportunities for businesses to come together, exchange ideas, hear about new programs, and discover sustainability initiatives. Find out more about the Sustainable Business Network.

2. Environmental Upgrade Finance - to help owners upgrade their buildings

WHY HAVE IT?

Seventy two cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Port Phillip are generated by the commercial and industrial sectors (based on 2017).

There are nearly 20,000 businesses in the City of Port Phillip that employ over 87,000 employees.


Environmental Upgrade Finance

Businesses large and small in Port Phillip are able to access Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF), a new and growing form of finance designed to make existing buildings better.

Environmental Upgrade Finance enables businesses to borrow money with competitive terms so they can upgrade their buildings to save on energy, water and waste. Popular projects include solar PV systems, energy efficiency upgrades, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.


Benefits of Environmental Upgrade Finance:

  • Fixed rate, long-term loan terms of up to 10 years with low annual repayments

  • Repayments are collected through council rates

  • No upfront capital or security

  • Option to share costs between owners and tenants

This video from the Sustainable Australia Fund shows how this finance works.

Eligibility

To qualify for this finance, applicants need to meet the eligibility criteria listed below as well as any credit criteria set by the lender:

  • Upgrade to existing buildings, located on rateable land within the council boundaries

  • The proposed works should deliver a positive and quantifiable environmental outcome such as energy and/or water savings or waste minimisation

  • Must be up to date on all rates and charges due to Council

  • Property type must be predominantly non-residential (such as commercial or industrial) and not be owned by a self-managed superannuation fund.

FAQs

Have a look at the frequently asked questions on the Better Building Finance website

Next steps

EUF is simple, transparent and easy to organise. The key steps to follow are:

1. Scope the environmental upgrade project with a contractor

2. Better Building Finance connects you with participating lenders

3. Lender provides the upfront capital for the upgrade project

4. Owner (and/or tenant) makes repayments via an Environmental Upgrade Charge (EUC) on Council rates.

Who is Better Building Finance?

In operation since 2010, and finalists in the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, Better Building Finance is Australia’s leading facilitator of Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF). In 2018 their initiative financed 26 environmental upgrade projects at an investment of $10.5 million, generating 2.4MW of solar power, which will lead to the abatement of 178,000 tonnes of emissions over the life of the projects.

Council has partnered with them to administer this financing program and help to create more sustainable businesses across the City of Port Phillip.

They will make it easy for you every step of the way – from application to full repayment.

Get started!

If you want advice for your building, talk to a member of the Sustainable Programs team at Council - call 9209 6690 or email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

If you already have a project scoped, contact Better Building Finance directly to connect with lenders. Call 9021 5584, email info@betterbuildingfinance.com.au or visit https://betterbuildingfinance.com.au/councils/city-of-port-phillip/

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6 FREE RESOURCES TO HELP GREEN YOUR BUSINESS

Find out how your business can cut costs and boost productivity by saving energy and materials, reducing and better managing waste or improving the energy efficiency of your building.

Explore the support available to businesses in Port Phillip to operate more sustainably;

Sustainability Victoria – Business Page

Explore business grants and funding opportunities, and with electricity, gas and waste efficiency resources.

Victorian Energy Compare

Make sure your business is getting the best deal on energy through this Independent Victorian Government Energy Price Comparison site for small businesses.

Victorian Energy Saver – Business Page

A comprehensive guide to energy use for businesses

Victorian Energy Upgrades – Business Page

A guide to accessing discount energy saving products for Victorian businesses

CitySwitch

A free program supporting office-based businesses to improve their energy and waste efficiency.

Business Recycling

Discover the most sustainable recycling options and products for your business


HOW TO REDUCE YOUR BUSINESS ENERGY COSTS

Here’s our simple guide to help local businesses reduce their energy costs and in doing so operate more sustainably.


How Council helped businesses become more efficient

In 2018-19 we worked with 10 Port Phillip businesses (Smart Solutions for Businesses program) and supported them on their quest to reduce operating costs and improve their sustainability outcomes with great outcomes.

The businesses saved over $55,000 and reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Congratulations and thanks to all the businesses that took part.

If you want to find out how your business can reap the rewards, let us help you. Email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au


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