Before you can reduce your impact on the environment, you need to know which areas of your business are causing the most impact. Regularly monitoring and reporting your impacts on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, can help you:
- identify areas of your business that are producing the most waste and emissions
- create an environmental management plan focused on reducing the specific environmental impacts of your business
- comply with mandatory reporting requirements
- present your environmental performance to the public in a transparent and accountable way.
Some common environmental reports used by businesses include greenhouse and energy reporting, corporate sustainability or triple bottom line reporting, and natural resource management monitoring.
For most businesses, environmental reporting is voluntary but there are some mandatory industry reporting requirements that may apply to your business:
Introducing best practice reporting frameworks and successfully managing your impacts on the environment can also give you the opportunity to apply for an accredited licence with many of the state and territory Environment Protection Agencies.
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