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Resource efficiency case studies

EPA Victoria works in partnership with a number of businesses, authorities and organisations to support improved resource efficiency and increased business sustainability.

Key areas of focus include:

  • reduction of trade and prescribed industrial waste
  • reduction in water usage
  • reduction in energy usage
  • illustration of leadership and life cycle approaches.

Case studies

Identify opportunities for your business through reading a selection of case studies prepared for a number of EPA projects; or visit Hints and tips for a few ideas on how you can save water, save energy, reduce waste and save money.

Alternatively, if you are looking for case studies specific to your industry or challenge, please contact us.

Case studies focus icons
Energy Icon Energy focus Leadership Icon Leadership focus Life cycle focus icon Life cycle focus
Raw materials focus icon Raw materials focus Waste focus icon Waste focus Water focus icon Water focus
Project focus Company Description Download the case study document
Energy icon Bluescope Steel
Western Port site
BlueScope Steel employees identify more than 100 energy-saving ideas for evaluation by the Energy Team.

Energy team find significant
savings at Western Port plant

Waste focus icon Bluescope Steel
Western Port site
A continuous improvement approach to waste management provides significant prescribed industrial waste reductions and savings.

Perseverance pays off

Energy icon Carter Holt Harvey
Awareness of energy cost, rigorous procurement processes and energy monitoring have contributed to savings for Carter Holt Harvey’s plant in Myrtleford.

Continuous improvements provide savings

Energy icon Ford Australia
While optimising energy efficiency has been an ongoing activity for Ford across all of its Australian sites since the early 1990s, recent results from the Broadmeadows plant have been notable.

Optimising energy efficiency since the 1990s

Energy icon Godfrey Hirst
South Geelong
In pursuit of environmental excellence beyond its already impressive track record in water management, Godfrey Hirst now tackles energy efficiency.

Rewarded by commitment and technical sophistication

Waste focus iconWater focus icon GTS Freight Management
Risk management and continuous operational improvement produce rewards.

Rolling towards a cleaner future

Waste focus iconWater focus icon Hank Bos Glass
An innovative wastewater recycling system reduces water use by 90%.

Efficiency innovation supports a bright future

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Huntsman Chemical Company (Australia) West Footscray Site Savings of $144,000 per annum at Huntsman Chemicals West Footscray Site have been identified through changes that reduced the amount of TDS discharged to sewer and reduced water and energy use at the site.

Waste evaluation shows savings

Energy icon GM Holden In 2003 the Fisherman’s Bend plant of GM Holden established an energy reduction target of 10 per cent and indicators suggest they will achieve this goal in 2007.

GM Holden driving energy efficiency improvements

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Kananook Creek LIEP
Collaboration enables local businesses to reap the rewards of a sustainable approach to business and the environment.

Frankston businesses LIEP into savings!

Energy icon Kenworth
(PACCAR Australia)
Saving 88 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions is just the beginning for PACCAR Australia.

Five actions fuel further efficiency

Waste focus iconWater focus iconEnergy icon Kraft
Cost savings of $550,000 and a reduction in water use of 70 million litres have been identified by Kraft at its Port Melbourne site, home to Vegemite.

Saving water makes us happy little Vegemites

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Mildura Fruit Juices
Identification and implementation of water and waste reduction opportunities reduce costs and improve employee safety.

Safety first with water and waste reductions

Energy icon Murray Goulburn Co-operative Establishing an Energy Management Team, the largest milk processor in Australia showed how shared learning and focused action plans could save 5.5 million dollars across its eight sites.

Unleashing internal energy

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Parmalat Australia
This dairy company showed how focus on water scarcity improved long-term business viability, growth and profitability.

Focus on resource scarcity promotes profitability

Waste focus iconWater focus icon Pride Paints
(Trading as Paint Factory)
A healthier bottom line and higher quality paints are just two of the benefits of a cleaner production process.

Pressure pays off

Energy iconWater focus icon SdS Beverages
Merbein, Sunraysia District
Participating in a recent trade waste partnership between Lower Murray Water and EPA, SdS Beverages has built on existing knowledge to further reduce water use and trade waste discharges from its Merbein plant.

Squeezing the most out of every drop!

Water focus icon SGE Analytical Sciences Ingenuity and innovation save 2.3 million litres of water per annum.

Securing water supply for the future

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Sustainable Caravans Project
North East Victoria
Proactive partnerships and simple water, waste and energy initiatives provide big savings to Victorian caravan parks.

Simple solutions –
big savings!

Energy icon Toyota Toyota has committed to reducing, by 2010–11, greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle manufactured by 13% of its 2001 base year emissions.

Energy reductions beyond the factory gate

Case studies prior to 2005

Project Focus Company Description Download the project outcome document
Waste focus icon Allviron Review of production processes and recycling opportunities identify significant savings.


Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Bluescope Steel Limited
Western Port site
Process integration evaluation identifies opportunities for improved energy and water efficiencies as well as reductions in waste generated.

Bluescope Steel Limited

Raw materials focus iconWater focus icon Bonlac Foods Farm Management Benchmark research to support improvement of water, nutrient and effluent management in the dairy industry. Full survey also attached.

Bonlac Foods Farm Management

Raw materials focus iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon CMI Operations P/L Working in partnership with their water authority resulted in reduced raw material, water use and waste disposal savings.

CMI Operations P/L

Waste focus iconWater focus icon CV Laundry Cleaner production initiatives resulted in increased production and better management control.

CV Laundry 

Energy iconWaste focus icon Gippsland TAFE - Gippsland Supply Chain Project Illustrating supply chain promotion of cleaner production principles of waste menagement and energy conservation.

Gippsland TAFE – Gippsland Supply Chain Project

Waste focus icon Peerless Foods Composting diverts approximately 1,000 tonnes of prescribed industrial waste from landfill per year.

Peerless Foods

Energy iconWaste focus iconWater focus icon Unilever Total Production Manufacturing (TPM) approach saves more than $550,000 per year.


Page last updated on 5 Jul 2013