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Improvements can be made to...


  • Measure and track your usage rates for energy, water and ingredients.
  • Ensure that your suppliers measure, and are accountable for, the quality of their product or service, including environmental impacts.
  • Define the optimum start up conditions for each process, and train staff to minimise start up losses.
  • Measure what you sell or package and ensure you do not give your product away.Assess your environmental performance regularly.


  • Keep maintenance/material safety data sheet manuals in an easily accessible place (and keep them up-to-date).
  • Keep current records up to date and manage your historical records effectively.


  • Devise reports in terms of products that you sell. For example, litres of water per tonne of product, or kilograms of waste per tonne of product.
  • Track usage rates of raw materials, for example, product yields, number of spills and waste output rates.
  • Develop a system to record your measurements, and determine full cost attribution for each waste product (that is, know how much each waste really costs).
  • Be consistent when taking and recording measurements.
  • Establish regular reports for major resource consumables including water and energy. Report all consumption by a per unit production basis, not by time (for example, litres of water/unit of production not litres of water/minute).

By measuring the rate at which resources are consumed and wastes produced, you will be able to manage improvement in your business, particularly in increasing efficiency and reducing waste…and proving it!

Page last updated on 2 Jul 2012