What is Cleaner Production?
The term Cleaner Production came about from the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP).
Cleaner Production involves working with businesses to help them
improve their environmental performance by:
- Using energy and resources efficiently
- Avoiding or reducing the amount of waste produced
- Producing environmentally sound products and services
- Achieving less waste, fewer costs and higher profits.
The goal is to reduce the adverse impact of production and
service activities on the environment.
The Cleaner Production Programme in the Bay
The Bay of Plenty Cleaner Production programme is a partnership
between Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the territorial
authorities (councils) in the Bay of Plenty region. Bay of
Plenty Regional Council provides up to 50% of the funding each
year. It provides free cleaner production services to
More than 200 businesses in the Bay of Plenty have taken part in
the programme. After a walk through assessment that includes waste,
energy and water auditing, as well as use of hazardous materials,
each business is given a report. The report includes
recommendations and guidelines with practical steps that can be
taken to implement recycling and reduce wastage in their
This means financial savings for the business, and a reduction
of costs to the environment and to ratepayers. The amount of waste
going to landfill and the need for trade waste water treatment is
reduced, and reduced energy use results in less power generation
being required. Hazardous substance management can often be
improved, with minimising the use of harmful chemicals and
processes and finding non, or less, hazardous alternatives where
possible. It also gives the businesses an enhanced
Depending on the size of the business, potential cost savings
for the participating businesses has been shown to be from $2,000
to more than $162,000 per year.
The terms of the contract state that both the Sustainable Business
Network and the Waste
Exchange should be promoted. The Waste Exchange is another
programme supported by Bay of Plenty Regional Council (and to
a lesser extent, the territorial authorities), where businesses can
exchange unwanted products with other businesses, organisations or
individuals instead of sending them to landfill.