Many culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses and communities are unable to reduce their energy costs as they do not have the time, resources or information to identify energy saving opportunities in their workplace. Language can also be a significant barrier.
Evidence shows that most businesses can reduce energy consumption by 20% through equipment maintenance and upgrades, smarter building systems and materials and energy-efficient technology.
As part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program (now closed), some organisations have developed information specifically for CALD businesses. By using this information CALD businesses will be able make informed decisions about energy efficiency and reduce their operating costs.
The Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) has developed the 3E – Enable Energy Efficiency Project website. The site hosts energy-efficiency information in a variety of languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese) with case studies.
CMRC and MEFL have also developed guidance material for CALD businesses about energy efficiency and reducing operational costs.
See also the Positive Charge website for further information about energy efficiency in CALD businesses.