Business Resource Efficiency Program

About BREP

The Business Resource Efficiency Program (BREP) is a key action of Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 and is delivered by BALT in partnership with the Tasmanian Government.

The pilot program included program mapping and a gap analysis to inform the program design, a public seminar series, an introductory workshop series, action learning program, and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

A collection of case studies and resources has been prepared, based on lessons learnt from BREP, to provide ongoing support for Tasmanian businesses to improve their resource efficiency and develop the circular economy.

Objectives

  • Help Tasmanian SMEs reduce their consumption of resources and minimise waste streams;
  • Reduce operating costs and drive productivity gains for SMEs; and
  • Provide SMEs with practical and tailored information regarding ways to improve their resource efficiency.

The Program

Waste audits

In the pilot BREP program, 11 small to medium-sized businesses received a comprehensive waste audit and one-on-one consultation to scope a suitable project for the facilitated action learning program.

A Project Scoping Forum was held for participants to meet and present their project ideas.

Projects were co-designed with set members and/or senior management of each business. Measurable objectives and targets were established, which reflected the overarching objectives of BREP.

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Workshop Series

Four full day workshops were held in each region, one week apart over four weeks.

The workshops took participants through a process of exploration, brainstorming and problem solving to establish an action plan for implementation during the action learning program.

During the workshops, participants practiced the action  learning process and established Ground Rules for set meetings.

Set meetings

Six action learning set meetings occurred over six months between June and November 2019.

The North-western Set chose to continue hosting set meetings at each other’s sites, on a rotating basis. This provided an opportunity to view the results of implemented actions first-hand and over time. Each site hosted at least two sessions, creating a ‘before’ and ‘after’ effect.

The two Northern sets chose to meet together, to share learning and maintain connection across both sets. This worked well; if one or two set members were unable to attend, the sets could combine and achieve sufficient numbers to operate effectively.

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Mentoring session

One-on-one mentoring

Between each meeting, the facilitator met with set members individually, face to face or by phone, to assist them to prepare for the next set meeting. This included reflecting on progress made against the actions from the previous meeting, lessons learnt that might be shared with the set, and questions that might be put to the set.

Site visits

In addition to participant site visits, visits to other external organisations were conducted, before or after set meetings, and set members across both geographical regions were invited. Sites visited included Dulverton Waste Management Centre, Launceston Waste Management Centre, Spreyton Materials Recycling Centre, and Envorinex Soft Plastics Recycling Facility.

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Review Forum

A Review Forum was held on 6 December 2019 at the Tramsheds Function Centre in Launceston. Participants presented the outcomes of their projects and their performance against the stated objectives and targets.

Each participant shared the key issues they encountered and the lessons learned during the program.

Participants

“I had really good engagement from staff. Everyone wants to be a part of the solution.”

Anna Robertson
General Manager
Bridestowe Lavender Estate

“I learned a lot from other set members, who had more experience with this type of project.”

Greg Hillier
Cookery Teacher
Drysdale North

“We are very efficient at many things already because stinginess is a waste-fighting super power!”

Karina Dambergs
Cidermaker
Red Brick Road Ciderworks

“I appreciated having people outside my business to help me reflect on my achievements and celebrate successes along the way.”

Fiona Turner
Vigneron
Jinglers Creek Vineyard

“I discovered that we’re not isolated, there are common themes around resource efficiency across businesses and industries​.”

Brett Wheldon
Systems Coordinator
CPT Engineering

“Changing our mindset from ‘reducing waste’ to ‘improving quality’ made a big difference.”

Scott Lovell
Owner/Manager
ThinkBig Printing

“A key learning for me was the important part industry plays in reducing waste in Tasmania.”

Phil Stephenson
Chief Production Officer
Nichols Poultry

“Finding a solution for fibre composite waste would be ground-breaking and quite significant. I feel we have come very close.”

Darren Emmerton
Production Manager
Penguin Composites

“Your company must be fully on board, right to the top, before you look at funding options.”

Warren Maney
Manufacturing Logistics and Procurement Officer
Botanical Resources Australia

“Check your waste contracts, don’t just renew them. You may find there is a strong business case for diverting waste from landfill.”

Adam Sutton
Project Manager
pitt&sherry

“It was great to get ideas from other businesses and see some of our ideas adopted by others in the group.”

Bronte Richardson
Programmer
Direct Edge Manufacturing

“Your company must be fully on board, right to the top, before you look at funding options.”

Ray Howe
Production Manager and Plant Engineer
Botanical Resources Australia

Case studies

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

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Botanical Resources Australia

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Red Brick Road Ciderworks

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pitt&sherry

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Drysdale North

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Penguin Composites

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Jinglers Creek Vineyard

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Nichols Poultry

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Direct Edge Manufacturing

Receiving yard

CPT Engineering

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ThinkBig Printing

The Business Resource Efficiency Program (BREP) is delivered by Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT) in partnership with the Tasmanian government.
For more information about BREP
Visit www. climatechange.tas.gov.au or businessactionlearningtas.com.au/brep
For more information about these resources
Email BALT at [email protected]

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