Sustainable business practices

Reducing the amount of energy, water, waste and resources your business uses will save money and minimise environmental impact. Consider implementing the following actions:

Energy efficiency

  • Install timers or motion detectors on lights that aren’t required to be on at all times
  • Only operate your heating, ventilation and air conditioning in work hours and set the thermostat between 24-27°C in summer and 18-20°C in winter
  • Your business may benefit from an energy efficiency assessment or audit. See the 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business for more energy saving tips
  • Nominate a sustainability champion for the business to encourage staff to be more sustainable.


  • Install low flow taps to reduce water flow rate by up to 50 per cent
  • Fix leaking toilets – fixing just one toilet can save up to 73,000 litres of water a year
  • Installing dual flush toilets, waterless urinals or automated flushers in urinals.
  • Consider participating in the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Business Program.

Waste minimisation

  • Consider if any other local businesses have a use for the waste materials you produce. Food Rescue WA is a medium to donate food to local disadvantaged people
  • Set up recycling systems to recycle the key sources of waste such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, coffee pods, printer cartridges and food scraps
  • Purchase environmentally friendly, recycled, recyclable or biodegradable products for disposable items
  • Consider a re-useable coffee cup – some coffee shops now sell these, or look for them in local retail outlets. Some coffee shops may also provide discounts for using these cups and websites such as Responsible cafes may be a helpful guide.

Sustainable transport

  • Consider installing bike racks and facilities such as showers, lockers and change rooms to encourage cycling to your business.