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he Environment Management Industry Association (EMIAA) was founded in 1991 and changed its name to Environment Business Australia in November 2000.  It is the peak body representing and helping organisations in the business of providing goods, systems, services, technologies, infrastructure, financing, research and development, education that improve environmental outcomes.  Increasingly, EBA also represents companies in mainstream industry, the ‘demand’ side of the market.

EBA helps members network, access overseas markets and deal with government, we promote policies consistent with sustainable development, that support the environment management industry, and that helps to make other industry sectors more efficient and competitive.

EBA works very closely with Australian Federal and State Government agencies and our corporate and organisational members span the spectrum of environment management capacity in Australia. Our members include organisations primarily from the private sector, but we also include government agencies in our networks. EBA members include organisations working in:

  1. eco – efficiency
  2. cleaner production
  3. water and wastewater treatment and reuse
  4. waste management and recycling
  5. energy conservation and efficiency – alternate energy
  6. soils and land management
  7. catchment and river systems management
  8. pollution, noise and radiation control
  9. monitoring and process control
  10. finance, insurance and law
  11. environment policy, regulation, and systems
  12. education and training
  13. quality and management systems
  14. research and development

Fast becoming one of the most effective environment industry networks in the Asia-Pacific region, more than one in four EBA members are working internationally.

Major EBA initiatives include:

Partnership in the highly successful Olympic Business Club Australia

Bringing together other industry associations to form the National Environment Industry Alliance

Developing the Business of the Environment Conference as part of Enviro 2002

The creation of a successful industry export group with close to 50 leading Australian organisations operating in up to 70 countries worldwide

The Environment Industry Development Network (EIDN) is a joint initiative between the Australian Government, EMIAA and the Cooperative Research Centre for Waste Management and Pollution Control. EIDN facilitates strategic projects building and demonstrating Australian environment management capacity. EIDN is also assisting develop international networks in leading edge applications of Australian environmental technology.

What is EBA?

EBA is the peak industry body for the environment industry – the companies with the goods, services, technologies, infrastructure, education, research, systems and operational management that increase eco-efficiency and improve environmental outcomes.  EBA also works closely with companies facing environmental challenges and assists them to find solutions.

The Association has evolved from its base as a traditional industry association to take on a more commercial focus in order to develop the full potential of the Australian environment industry in domestic and export markets.  To this end EBA has prepared an industry commercialisation framework for development in a confederation approach with Government and other industry, business and professional associations.

To represent member company needs, EBA provides a strong lobbying base for companies and industry sectors; networking opportunities with industry, business and all levels of government; national and international intelligence; financing and R&D commercialisation introductions.

EBA believes that as environmental standards develop across the globe, the environmental technologies and services industry will provide one of the biggest opportunities for enterprise and technical innovation that the world has ever seen.

Membership to EBA is by application and additional information is available either from the website at www.environmentbusiness.com.au or from the Secretariat on 02 6270 1333 or email eba@environmentbusiness.com.au

Mission

  • Develop the full commercial potential of the Australian environment industry in domestic and export markets
  • Provide effective representation and services for our members and leadership of the Australian environment industry

Objectives

Policy development, lobbying, market development, networking and business linkages

  • Development of links at Federal and State levels to influence policy, implement strategies and secure funding for environment industry initiatives
  • Lobbying on environment industry issues at all three levels of Government
  • Development and implementation of market growth strategies with relevant Government departments and agencies, and with other associations
  • Lobbying for environment industry inclusion in national and state policy groups and action agendas
  • Promoting the commercial, industrial and environmental advantages and opportunities that derive from effective planning, quality control, waste minimisation, sustainable land management, pollution prevention, cleaner production and eco-efficiency
  • Developing the Environment Industry Action Agenda with the Federal Government
  • Promoting business and industry involvement in sustainable development
  • Participating in Federal and State think tanks and consultation groups
  • Building export development linkages, disseminating intelligence on trade missions (incoming and outgoing)
  • Being the focal point for the environment industry’s export development
  • Building multi-national links and increasing the exports of Australian environment industry goods and services
  • Advance notice of many export trade missions, EBA assistance in advance of and during missions
  • Working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade to overcome export market impediments
  • Raising the profile and awareness of the industry
  • Working with the Department of Industry Science and Resources and the Australian Bureau of Statistics to codify the environment industry and access improved data on capacity and capabilities
  • Working with other industry sectors to increase the take up of environment industry technologies, goods, services, infrastructure, systems, education and research
  • Developing investor and venture capital contacts
  • Supporting consortia development
  • Staging state and national networking functions
  • Hosting dinners and functions with eminent speakers
  • Partnership in Enviro 2002 and creating a Business of the Environment conference
  • Creating the informal Environment Industry Alliance to pool resources of environment industry associations and organisations
  • Seeking national consistency of regulations and parity across States and Territories
  • Acting as a clearing house for information to ensure EBA members receive timely and meaningful intelligence
  • Supporting Australian inventiveness and innovation by increasing marketing support to domestic and export markets
  • Lobbying Government to fund marketing and market access initiatives