Philip Link

Philip Link

There are a whole host of reasons why even cost-effective energy efficiency projects don’t get off the ground. One of the most common (and frustrating!) reasons is that management don’t sign off on business case proposals – even when we can clearly see that the benefits far outweigh the costs!

This failing can be avoided with effective communication of the business case!

On behalf of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Ndevr Environmental in partnership with Sustainable Business can help you get your project over the line with a succinct but comprehensive course in Building the Business Case. Held over two half days, these highly interactive sessions provide us with an opportunity to share our experience, encourage participants to share their own challenges and successes and, ultimately, to help both the professionals responsible for their company’s energy management and consultants alike to get their projects the tick of approval. We have been running these training courses for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for the past two years and so far over 250 people have been through 15 courses, and the strategies have delivered results.

The Property and Sustainability Coordinator at Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) had this to say:

"Attending the Building the Business Case training course and taking up the additional post-training support was a very smart move. As a result, we had our business case for a solar energy project approved after an earlier proposal had been rejected by our board. We are now saving about $28,000 a year off our energy bills."

If you have an existing business case proposal that needs review, or want to put a proposal together for a new project idea, consider attending the next of our Building the Business Case Training courses and make sure your proposal really packs a punch.

These courses are currently heavily subsidised by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. In fact, the 2 x half day workshops are available for only $300 and once you complete the course you are eligible for 15 hours of one-on-one project support (valued at $3,000) for an additional $300.

Course 1 Details

Module 1: 8:30am - 12:30pm Thursday 29 September 2016

Module 2: 8:30am - 12:30pm Thursday 13 October 2016

Venue: UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O'Connell St, Sydney

Course 2 Details

Module 1: 8:30am - 12:30pm Thursday 24 November 2016

Module 2: 8:30am - 12:30pm Thursday 8 December 2016

Venue: UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O'Connell St, Sydney


More Details and Registration:


For more information please contact myself,

Patrick Crittenden, Director Sustainable Business on 0418 453 779, or

Hannah Meade, Principal Consultant on (03) 9865-1400


Sustainability Advantage is a business support service offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage that can help organisations improve their environmental performance, reduce costs and add other value such as enhanced corporate reputation. With a small upfront fee of $3,000, Sustainability Advantage provides the opportunity for businesses to complete a series of facilitated modules including:

  • resource efficiency/industrial ecology (energy, water, waste and raw materials);
  • supply chain management;
  • external stakeholder engagement;
  • vision commitment and planning;
  • staff engagement; and
  • carbon management.


The Resource Efficiency (RE) module offers an initial 20hrs of professional consulting advice to complete a preliminary meeting, site survey and to identify resource efficiency opportunities. Each RE action identified is awarded additional consultant time (up to 40 hours) to complete technical (engineering) assessments, undertake financial feasibility, conduct due diligence and provide implementation support. 

The modules’ workflow is shown in Figure 1.

OEH Resource Efficiency Module Workflow Figure 1: OEH Resource efficiency module workflow (Source: OEH)

The interactive structure of the RE module encourages participation by multiple stakeholders and draws on the experience of a trained consultant and Government representatives. This mix of minds and experience results in the identification of highly innovative environmental improvements.

Other benefits of joining the Sustainability Advantage program include:

  • Improving your understanding of the relevance and benefits of sustainability to your business;
  • Accelerating your sustainability agenda with specialist consultant support, Government grant funding and resourcing;
  • Developing strategies to save money and improve productivity;
  • Accessing the latest sustainability advice from business and government specialists;
  • Broadening your network – providing the ability to meet and share ideas with other organisations in your industry and region.

Membership to the Sustainability Advantage Program also provides access to a series of master classes, workshops and one-on-one support in areas such as green marketing, behaviour change for sustainability, and sustainable event management.

As an accredited Resource Efficiency module provider, Ndevr Environmental can arrange membership and get you started on completing the Resource Efficiency and Carbon Management modules. If you are interested in hearing more about the program, please contact Philip Link.