This project focused on the development and delivery of easy-to-implement energy efficiency actions for small and medium businesses (SMEs) across northern metropolitan Melbourne. AEF was funded by the Federal Government’s Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) program to deliver accessible and useful information on energy efficiency to SMEs in six languages. The project was supported by the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) local government members. AEF developed engaging information products (factsheets, case studies and videos) and reached out to four key employment sectors – accommodation, retail, food services and professional/technical services. The information produced was translated into six languages- Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian and Greek. It was disseminated through AEF’s direct contact with SMEs, economic development units of NAGA local government members and the VECCI’s distribution network. AEF trained Environment Health Officers in local government and community workers within peak agencies in the six language groups to engage with SMEs and encourage the uptake of energy efficiency actions.
This project was a finalist in the Community category at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.