Gippsland Green Links
Gippsland Water, Loy Yang Power and Yallourn Energy are turning up the heat on waste management
By Eimear McNelis - 3rd September 2002 - Back to News
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Gippsland Water, Loy Yang Power and Yallourn Energy are turning up the heat on waste management… after attending their first training session in the "Gippsland Green Links" program.
Gippsland Green Links is a supply chain program that aims to build on the environmental knowledge and practices of major Gippsland organisations.
"We see this program as a natural extension of the environmental policies and work practices we already have in place and we have a responsibility as a good corporate citizen to be involved," said Craig Copeland from Loy Yang Power.
The three organisations will act as mentors to promote waste management and energy conservation to their suppliers through training and support.
"This program will provide a focus and will develop a network of people who are committed to the program goals," said Garry Clark from Yallourn Energy.
The program uses "Cleaner Production" and "Waste Wise" business principles to inform smaller businesses how to minimise waste and ensure the efficient use of energy and resources.
"I am learning some of the unique problems that each of our service providers face and the importance of building and maintaining ongoing relationships with service partners to address waste issues before they become waste problems," said Steve Shinners from Gippsland Water.
The aim of the program is to implement a waste management plan leading to a 50% uptake of developed and implemented waste management plans in 2 years, and a 100% uptake in 5 years.
Dayna Simpson is studying a PhD at Melbourne University and is writing her thesis on the Gippsland Green Links program. Ms Simpson will sit in on the program, researching and evaluating it as it progresses.
During the training sessions participants will discuss alternatives to waste problems, write work plans, participate in teamwork, write up checklists, monitor and test processes, and discuss waste management.
"By working together to address waste management issues now, major industries and service providers will be in a more competitive position to meet the higher environmental performance standards that will be expected in the future," said Mr Shinners.
GippsTAFE will deliver training sessions, breakfast sessions, conduct site visits and conduct a review of the pilot program when it is finished.
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