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State of Waste – Global GreenTag Joins Australian Panel Discussion

David Baggs,  Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director will be part of a panel discussion this week at AWRE– the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo this Thursday,  August 30 in Sydney.  The panel topic is: State of Waste – The Changing Face of Australia’s Waste Sector

In the last twenty years, Australia has strived to increase its recycling capacity to meet the increases in waste generation. The most important waste streams, namely organic material, paper and plastics, have all experienced promising increases in landfill diversion.

However, stakeholders are now facing a changing environment. China’s National Sword creates challenges for MRF operators and local councils to readjust their contracts, processing capacities and quality standards. At the same time, industry players in NSW are hoping to take advantage of new state revenue from the “Return and Earn” scheme (CDS), whilst the Queensland Government will focus on the implementation of the recently announced landfill levy.

This panel will address these topics and issues, facilitating a discussion around available local government and stakeholder options, industry challenges and waste market opportunities.

David Baggs will join other panelists: Mike Ritchie –  Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group,  Pete Shmigel –  CEO of Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) and Geoff Hill – Chief Commercial Officer of
Bingo Industries.

To book a seat for this seminar, please visit this link HERE

GreenTag awarded as ‘ecoBiz Champion’

GreenTag Office Achieves top 3 Star Reductions in Energy, Water and Waste

Every business can save money by reducing its water, waste and power costs. We are proud to say we have received peak recognition for walking the talk. Global GreenTag  International  is now officially a CCiQ ecoBiz Champion – we achieved a the top 3 Star result.

EcoBiz is a free program funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to help Queensland business owners improve  their bottom line.  With the help of the CCIQ ecoBiz program the GreenTag office was able to achieve:

  • 47% reduction in energy
  • 13% reduction in water
  • 15.6% reduction in waste”

GreenTag took up the challenge a year ago to begin data collection using tools and resources provided by CCiQ ecoBiz.  We optioned to measure the business against CCiQ’s Champion level three-star business partnership program to test our costs across all three metrics of water, waste and power usage.  To achieve a Champion rating, the scheme requires a business to achieve 10% savings on one metric while not increasing the other two by more than 5% over a 12 month period. Management’s decision to approve installation of a 6kW Photovoltaic system was a big part of the great outcome.

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The GreenTag data was methodically collected and entered by our Accounts Manager Gourav Ahuja – who received notice this week that we are now officially ecoBiz Champions!

Thank you Gourav for putting in the time.

Whether your business wants to measure one, two or all three metrics of energy, water and waste CCiQ provides action plans, tools, resources and even coaching to help.

For more information to help you get your business started, visit the CCiQ ecoBiz website: http://www.cciqecobiz.com.au/about/getting-started/

You can also view the video below:

David Baggs Keynotes At International Event For Sustainability Week In South Africa

 

David Baggs,  GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director  is delivering a keynote address this week in South Africa for the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum,  hosted by the City of Tshwane for Sustainability Week.  David’s keynote is titled ‘Visualising the Circular Economy Using Life Cycle Analysis’ for the technical program Vision Zero Waste Seminar on June 2.

With focus on design for waste minimisation and recycling,  David has been invited to deliver the keynote in the context of a vision for zero waste in South Africa. The seminar comes at a critical time, organisers say, when waste streams are at an all-time high, where some communities are without waste services and landfills are reaching capacity.

David brings hoped for solutions.  He will be focusing on the circular nature of the mindset required to reduce the impact of waste – and how this is possible through LCA centric design.

“Conventional thinking is stuck on damage and loss,” says David.

“From a Global GreenTag perspective, I shall be offering clarity about the terminology used in the area of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and how it naturally applies to a circular economy mindset and sustainable solutions for ecological regeneration.”

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

In the series for Sustainable Manufacturing, he will be delivering a seminar titled: ‘Sustainability Metrics and LCA: The Business Benefits’

For the Green Business series of Sustainability Week, David is presenting: “The Role of Ecolabels in Greening the Supply Chain.”

For more information about Sustainability Week, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/