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Over 500 Western Sydney businesses on board with energy savings Featured

Media Release  25 November 2020, Local businesses in Western Sydney are benefiting from the Australian Government’s Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP), which helps local, small and drought-affected businesses to access free support on their energy costs, saving both money and emissions. Over 500 Western Sydney businesses have already received their free one-on-one consultation.

BEAP, a program funded by the Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources and delivered by Business Australia, has partnered with WSROC’s Western Sydney Energy Program – a partnership between eight Western Sydney councils. The initiative builds on the region’s progressive work in developing more sustainable energy practices.

The Pizza Boys of Guildford is one of the 500 local businesses that recently benefited from BEAP, saying they found it easy to navigate and the cost savings that resulted have helped their bottom line during a challenging year for small businesses.

Co-owner Jason Chammas said, “We heard about BEAP through Business Australia’s partner the Western Sydney Energy Program which is working with local councils to help businesses address their energy issues. It was great timing as the downtime we are experiencing is providing an opportunity to review how we operate. Energy is one of those costs that you can’t afford to get out of hand.”

WSROC President Barry Calvert said, “We know that the events of this year have impacted businesses in different ways. Western Sydney councils have been working hard to help businesses remain sustainable during this tough time.

“It is great to see local businesses such the Pizza Boys engaging with BEAP and getting great results from this free resource and the tailored support. Our initial insights from the program indicate that BEAP consultations have helped eligible businesses identify average energy savings of $1,363 annually. The BEAP website contains a wealth of useful information including case studies, fact sheets, and information. Councils are here to help, if you need to find out more,” said Cr Calvert.

Business Australia Chief Commercial Officer Tim Haddow said “We have seen a huge uptake of the BEAP initiative in Western Sydney. It’s a good indication that businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs and that they have confidence in trying this avenue. Business Australia is also proud to be involved with the WSEP.”

Eligible business:

  • Australian based small businesses with 6-20 employees
  • Drought-affected businesses with 0-5 employees
  • Note: All businesses, regardless of their size, will still be able to access information online for free via this advisory service: com.au/wsep.

The Western Sydney Energy Program

BEAP is part of the Western Sydney Energy Program; a partnership between nine Western Sydney councils[1https://wsroc.com.au/projects/project-western-sydney-energy-program">https://wsroc.com.au/projects/project-western-sydney-energy-program

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[1] Councils participating in the Western Sydney Energy Program: Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Cumberland City Council, Fairfield City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council, Lithgow City Council, Liverpool City Council and the City of Parramatta.

[2] Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. 200,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent reductions equate to 1-2% annual reduction of Western Sydney’s annual community scale emissions

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