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Media release, 31 July 2020 

The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) will launch in Western Sydney, helping local, small and drought-affected businesses to access free, independent, and tailored support that is aimed at savings: both for money and emissions.

BEAP is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and delivered by Business Australia. Building on the region’s progressive work in developing more sustainable energy practices, Western Sydney councils have partnered with BEAP to help connect local businesses - many of which are currently facing recovery processes, following a very challenging year.

 The BEAP program offers eligible businesses free expert support - including a tailored report and resources that can help small business to save on energy and costs.

WSROC President Cllr Barry Calvert: “We recognise that our local businesses are doing it tough. Devastating impacts from drought, bushfires, and the current COVID-19 pandemic have had complex and continuing effects throughout our region. Every bit of support helps.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the BEAP program. BEAP complements the suite of support services that councils are currently offering to local businesses; resources that are much-needed in these challenging times,” said Cllr Calvert.

Beap is part of the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP), a partnership between nine Western Sydney councils which aims to reduce the region’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2e[1] reductions each year. This equates to taking 46,000 cars off the road annually. By supporting businesses to access cost and emissions saving, the region is brought closer to a zero-emissions future.

Councils can help businesses with information on how to access beap. After an initial assessment, which can be done over the phone or face to face, businesses receive an independent report, with up-to-date information and advice on energy saving tools, resources, and current government assistance programs - all of which can help make a big difference to the bottom line.

Cllr Calvert encouraged businesses to sign up to the program. “The beap program connects businesses with useful information and cost-effective resources, while at the same time bringing our region one step closer to a more sustainable energy future.

“The beap website is a good place to start. It clearly outlines the sign-up process and contains a wealth of useful information including case studies and fact sheets. Councils are also here to help if you need to find out more,” said Cllr Calvert.

More information about the Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) and the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP) listed below.

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Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP)

For more information and to sign up: businessenergyadvice.com.au/wsep or ring 1300 415 224

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[2]. Coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP) aims to reduce Western Sydney’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2e[3] reductions each year. This equates to taking 46,000 cars off the road annually.

The Western Sydney Energy Program focuses on four key areas: renewable energy, transport infrastructure, supporting communities, and implementing best practice in energy planning and design for buildings and precincts.

More information on the WSEP: undefined

Media contact: Kate O’Connell or Kelly Gee, e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., t: 02 9671 4333 

 

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

[2] 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.

[3] 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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