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Environment industries archive


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Eco-Efficiency and Cleaner Production

The case studies date from 1988. Most were updated to detail further work and cost savings in October 2002.

Eco-efficiency and cleaner production are strategies that businesses can use to improve their bottom line and their environmental performance at the same time.

Eco-efficiency is a combination of economic and ecological efficiency, and is basically about 'doing more with less'. Eco-efficiency means producing more goods and services with less energy and fewer natural resource. Eco-efficient businesses get more value out of their raw materials as well as producing less waste and less pollution.

Cleaner production is a strategy to continuously improve products, services and processes to reduce pollution and waste at the source, which can also result in financial benefits.

Case Studies

The collection of over 185 Australian case studies show how companies can reduce production costs, save resources, reduce waste and maintain a competitive edge.

The case studies are designed to give small to medium sized businesses easy access to information on how to improve their methods of production.

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