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Smart environment decisions give competitive edge

27 October 2006

Smart environment decisions give Auckland businesses a competitive edge

The graduation yesterday of 26 businesses from the Auckland EnviroSmart pilot programme illustrates what ordinary Kiwi businesses can do to protect the environment.

"Through EnviroSmart practical assistance is given to business participants to help create successful and sustainable businesses," says Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive, Hugh Logan. "The steps each business takes can then be recognised through the achievement of Enviro-MarkNZ certification.

"Kiwis and the international marketplace are beginning to demand better and demonstrated environmental performance. EnviroSmart businesses are creating a competitive advantage for their products and services.

"While we can't work on an individual basis with every business in New Zealand, we can and we will continue to invest in programmes like EnviroSmart," says Mr Logan.

The pilot programme was a council initiative which the Ministry for the Environment strongly supports. The success of this and a previous North Shore City pilot programme led to the launch of the national EnviroSmart programme which is backed by 24 councils and the Ministry.

The Ministry for the Environment also recognises environmentally proactive companies through initiatives such as the Govt3 programme which supports environmentally sustainable procurement within government.

"A healthy environment is the basis of a vibrant economy and people's quality of life. By participating in EnviroSmart, these businesses are helping to ensure that New Zealand's economic growth is environmentally sustainable."

The Ministry contributed $34,000 to the Auckland EnviroSmart pilot programme.

To find out more about the national EnviroSmart programme and the benefits for your business go to www.envirosmart.co.nz.

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