Rebates help small businesses to embrace green behaviour

Australian governments should extend rebates and other incentives available to big business to encourage environmentally sustainable behaviour among smaller companies, according to a new study.

The survey of 350 managers showed that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rarely buy thier electricity from sustainable energy providers, due to a lack of financial incentives, and generally had poor waste-management practices.

Researchers said that environmental behaviour at SMEs would change if the companies were given access to education programmes and rebates from federal, state and local governments.

Read more at Swinburne University of Technology