EPA works in partnership with businesses, authorities and organisations to support improved resource efficiency and increased business sustainability.

Key focus areas include:

  • reduction of trade and prescribed industrial waste
  • reduction in water use
  • reduction in energy use
  • illustration of leadership and life cycle approaches.

Reading case studies can help you identify opportunities for your business. If you are looking for case studies specific to your industry or challenge, please contact us.

EPA also provides guidance on how to improve resource efficiency in your business, including information about how you can save water, save energy and reduce waste.

Case studies

Bluescope Steel (Western Port site)

BlueScope Steel employees identify more than 100 energy-saving ideas for evaluation by the Energy Team.

Energy team find significant savings at Western Port plant (publication 1157)

Bluescope Steel (Western Port site)

A continuous improvement approach to waste management provides significant prescribed industrial waste reductions and savings.

Perseverance pays off (publication 1091)

Carter Holt Harvey (Myrtleford)

Awareness of energy cost, rigorous procurement processes and energy monitoring have contributed to savings for Carter Holt Harvey’s plant in Myrtleford.

Continuous improvements provide savings (publication 1164)

Ford Australia (Broadmeadows)

While optimising energy efficiency has been an ongoing activity for Ford across all of its Australian sites since the early 1990s, recent results from the Broadmeadows plant have been notable.

Optimising energy efficiency since the 1990s (publication 1160)

Godfrey Hirst (South Geelong)

In pursuit of environmental excellence beyond its already impressive track record in water management, Godfrey Hirst now tackles energy efficiency.

Rewarded by commitment and technical sophistication (publication 1155)

GTS Freight Management (Mildura)

Risk management and continuous operational improvement produce rewards.

Rolling towards a cleaner future (publication 1089)

Hank Bos Glass (Frankston)

An innovative wastewater recycling system reduces water use by 90%.

Efficiency innovation supports a bright future (publication 1073)

Huntsman Chemical Company (Australia) (West Footscray)

Site Savings of $144,000 per annum at Huntsman Chemicals West Footscray Site have been identified through changes that reduced the amount of TDS discharged to sewer and reduced water and energy use at the site.

Waste evaluation shows savings (publication 1082)

GM Holden

In 2003 the Fisherman’s Bend plant of GM Holden established an energy reduction target of 10 per cent and indicators suggest they will achieve this goal in 2007.

GM Holden driving energy efficiency improvements (publication 1158)

Kananook Creek LIEP (Frankston)

Collaboration enables local businesses to reap the rewards of a sustainable approach to business and the environment.

Frankston businesses LIEP into savings! (publication 1080)

Kenworth (PACCAR Australia)

Saving 88 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions is just the beginning for PACCAR Australia.

Five actions fuel further efficiency (publication 1159)


Cost savings of $550,000 and a reduction in water use of 70 million litres have been identified by Kraft at its Port Melbourne site, home to Vegemite.

Saving water makes us happy little Vegemites (publication 1183)

Mildura Fruit Juices (Australia)

Identification and implementation of water and waste reduction opportunities reduce costs and improve employee safety.

Safety first with water and waste reductions (publication 1074)

Murray Goulburn Co-operative

Establishing an Energy Management Team, the largest milk processor in Australia showed how shared learning and focused action plans could save 5.5 million dollars across its eight sites.

Unleashing internal energy (publication 1085)

Parmalat Australia (Bendigo)

This dairy company showed how focus on water scarcity improved long-term business viability, growth and profitability.

Focus on resource scarcity promotes profitability (publication 1078)

Pride Paints (Trading as Paint Factory)

A healthier bottom line and higher quality paints are just two of the benefits of a cleaner production process.

Pressure pays off (publication 1072)

SdS Beverages (Merbein, Sunraysia District)

Participating in a recent trade waste partnership between Lower Murray Water and EPA, SdS Beverages has built on existing knowledge to further reduce water use and trade waste discharges from its Merbein plant.

Squeezing the most out of every drop! (publication 1128)

SGE Analytical Sciences

Ingenuity and innovation save 2.3 million litres of water per annum.

Securing water supply for the future (publication 1075)

Sustainable Caravans Project (North East Victoria)

Proactive partnerships and simple water, waste and energy initiatives provide big savings to Victorian caravan parks.

Simple solutions – big savings! (publication 1084)


Toyota has committed to reducing, by 2010–11, greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle manufactured by 13% of its 2001 base year emissions.

Energy reductions beyond the factory gate (publication 1163)

Case studies before 2005


Review of production processes and recycling opportunities identify significant savings.

Allviron (publication 1133)

Bluescope Steel Limited (Western Port site)

Process integration evaluation identifies opportunities for improved energy and water efficiencies as well as reductions in waste generated.

Bluescope Steel Limited (publication 1132)

Bonlac Foods Farm Management

Benchmark research to support improvement of water, nutrient and effluent management in the dairy industry. Full survey also attached.

Bonlac Foods Farm Management (publication 1130)

CMI Operations P/L

Working in partnership with their water authority resulted in reduced raw material, water use and waste disposal savings.

CMI Operations P/L (publication 1134)

CV Laundry

Cleaner production initiatives resulted in increased production and better management control.

CV Laundry (publication 1135)

Gippsland TAFE - Gippsland Supply Chain Project

Illustrating supply chain promotion of cleaner production principles of waste management and energy conservation.

Gippsland TAFE – Gippsland Supply Chain Project (publication 1136)

Peerless Foods

Composting diverts approximately 1,000 tonnes of prescribed industrial waste from landfill per year.

Peerless Foods (publication 1131)


Total Production Manufacturing (TPM) approach saves more than $550,000 per year.

Unilever (publication 1129)


This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 5 July 2013.



Reviewed 31 August 2020