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Melbourne cityscapeWhy should my business TAKE2?

Businesses that invest wisely in low carbon technology get their return on investment within a few years, thanks to the lower operating costs.

By participating in TAKE2, you can promote your climate change efforts and get the recognition you deserve.

Improve your business’ reputation by being environmentally responsible.

Lead your competitors by being at the forefront of Victoria’s move to a low carbon economy.

Unchecked, the environmental impact of climate change will affect all areas of life, including business and industry.

It’s the right thing to do.

How can my business TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to take the TAKE2 pledge.

Then decide what action your business will take to reduce its emissions. There are dozens of different actions businesses can take listed on the website. Take as many or as few as you like.

Some examples include:

  • Do an energy assessment to understand how your business uses energy.
  • Buy renewable energy for your business.
  • Reuse the heat from industrial equipment for space or water heating.
  • Install LED lighting to save electricity.
  • Develop a sustainable procurement policy.
  • Buy low emissions vehicles.
  • Plant trees or other vegetation on your property to absorb carbon emissions.
  • Train staff to reduce emissions at work and/or home.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your pledge through your TAKE2 website profile as well as through your own business website and social media channels so your staff, suppliers and networks know your business is acting on climate change.

Did you know that nine out of 10 Victorians believe business should be taking action on climate change? By signing up to TAKE2 your customers and suppliers will see that your business is helping Victoria reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Below are TAKE2 actions your business can take to combat global warming. This list will help you plan for a cleaner, greener future.

TAKE2 actions

Business energy management

  • Do an energy assessment to understand how your business uses energy
  • Make and implement a plan to manage your business energy use
  • Commit to cutting your business’ electricity use and set an energy efficiency target
  • Commit to cutting your business’ gas use and set an energy efficiency target
  • Increase energy productivity by turnover, services or production
  • Use energy bills to track how your energy use is changing over time
  • Install sub-metering to monitor your business energy use
  • Use progress reports to see if you’re on track to meet energy targets

Renewable energy

  • Investigate renewable energy options. Would they work for your business?
  • Set a renewable energy target for your business
  • Buy renewable energy for your business
  • Install solar hot water systems
  • Install solar photovoltaic panels
  • Connect battery storage to your business’ solar photovoltaic panels
  • Reuse the heat from industrial equipment for space or water heating

Building

  • Do an energy assessment to understand how energy’s used in your building/s
  • Adjust air conditioning temperatures according to the season
  • Tune the building’s heating, ventilating and cooling systems
  • Install blinds inside or outside your building/s to keep cool on hot days
  • Install insulation to keep buildings warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  • Install LED lighting to save on electricity
  • Install solar photovoltaic systems on buildings
  • Install onsite energy generation
  • Lease or purchase a building with a 4 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating
  • Construct or retrofit your business premises to a 5 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating

Equipment

  • Encourage staff to turn off equipment they’re not using
  • Maintain your equipment for the best performance
  • Install timers and sensors on equipment
  • Install LED lighting
  • Get the most from IT systems; use energy efficient equipment or cloud based services
  • Check and seal leaks in compressed air, steam and refrigeration systems
  • Insulate ovens, boilers and steam pipes to reduce heat loss
  • Install variable speed drives for pumps, fans and refrigeration
  • Swap inefficient equipment for more energy efficient models

Transport and fleet

  • Assess your fleet to identify opportunities for improved energy efficiency
  • Plan, coordinate and share trips to reduce transport distances
  • Train staff in fuel efficient driving techniques to cut fuel consumption, costs and emissions
  • Encourage staff to use public transport for work-related travel by providing MYKI cards
  • Provide facilities for staff who cycle, walk or run to work
  • Invest in fit-for-purpose vehicles to reduce trip numbers
  • Start a car sharing initiative
  • Buy low emissions vehicles
  • Buy electric cars (that can be recharged using renewable energy) or hybrids for your business

Emissions offsets

  • Assess and monitor your business’ carbon emissions
  • Get your carbon emissions independently verified
  • Buy carbon offsets for air travel
  • Buy carbon offsets for business emissions
  • Apply the National Carbon Offset Standard to become carbon neutral
  • Get carbon neutral accreditation through the National Carbon Offset Standard and promote through the Carbon Neutral Network
  • Plant trees or other vegetation on your property to absorb carbon emissions.

Waste reduction

  • Do a waste assessment to understand how to minimise waste
  • Develop a waste management plan
  • Set waste reduction targets
  • Monitor waste and report against these targets
  • Improve manufacturing systems and processes to minimise waste
  • Separate recyclable materials and investigate recycling options
  • Use less packaging for your products
  • Produce energy onsite from waste

Products and services

  • Design your products to help customers reduce carbon emissions
  • Tell your customers about energy efficient and renewable energy products and services
  • Help customers reduce their carbon emissions by offering advice services
  • Offer installation and/or maintenance services to maximise your products’ energy efficiency
  • Increase the recycled content in your products
  • Design your products to minimise energy and materials used to make each product

Purchasing and supply chains

  • Share your TAKE2 actions with your suppliers
  • Encourage your suppliers to TAKE2

What’s next?

Once you’ve made your pledge you’ll receive regular updates and tips. You can continue to update your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part. Continue to visit the TAKE2 website to see some of the initiatives other businesses are taking.

Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.