Savewise.com.au is proud to be a part of a program that will help Australian businesses and industries improve their overall eco-friendliness. But we don’t want to be the only ones taking the credit. There are several organisations from around the world that want to accomplish similar goals in their respective countries. Here are a few of our top picks.
Save On Energy is helping Canadian businesses that are based in the state of Ontario make the switch to LED lighting. Their retrofit program is partnered with the state’s hydroelectric energy supplier.
One of the program’s success stories comes from 3M Canada, who were able to retrofit their organisation with LED lights and other smart energy-saving technology. Over the course of 5 years, the organisation saved over $1.5 million per year.
United States of America
Sodexo is the designated program implementer for commercial and industrial energy-efficiency programs for FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities. Participants in this program can install high-efficiency lighting equipment and controls such as LED lighting.
The program evolved from an Act that required the phasing out of lightbulbs such as incandescent bulbs. Organisations based within the state were invited to participate in the program and would receive subsidies on the equipment that was retrofitted.
Launched back in 2014, the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme allows profit or loss making businesses to benefit from tax breaks when investing in eligible energy-saving equipment. The scheme was designed to help reduce carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change. In order for organisations to participate, the equipment that they plan to invest in should appear on the Energy Technology List (ETL) (which can be seen here.) There are certain types of LED lights that are eligible for the scheme based on the amount of lumens output the LED unit provides.
The scheme that’s promoted in New Zealand is generous to businesses. In a bid to make more businesses energy-efficient, the ECCA is prepared to cover up to 40% (up to $100,000) of the cost to bring energy-saving practices to the company. Their energy management plan also aims to set up a framework within the business that will allow them to sustain low energy consumption over the long-term.
Savewise is proud to see how these organisations are helping businesses with their sustainability goals.