Resource Efficient Scotland, the free programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and backed by the Scottish Government – has marked its first anniversary with a special business event in Edinburgh, where it highlighted achievements from its first year of operation.
The event, entitled ‘Sharing Success’ was held today (Monday 19th May) at Edinburgh’s Signet Library, and features a keynote speech from Fergus Ewing, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism; a panel debate, and addresses from Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland and Head of Resource Efficient Scotland Marissa Lippiatt.
Nearly 100 businesses and public sector bodies attended the event.
Resource Efficient Scotland – part of Zero Waste Scotland’s business engagement programme – is a free service which provides advice and support to help all businesses in Scotland use key resources – specifically water, energy, raw materials – more efficiently, as well as helping them reduce their waste.
The aim of the anniversary event was to allow businesses who have engaged with the service in its first year to share their experiences and encourage others to take a further step on the journey to greater energy efficiency.
To mark the first anniversary, a range of businesses and public sector organisations from around Scotland are speaking out about how the advice they’ve had from RES has helped save them money. These included
• Scotch Whisky distiller and bottler Gordon & MacPhail, which operates Benromach Distillery in Forres, who are investing in changes which will save the business £50,000 a year and reduce CO2 emissions by 40%, thanks to advice from Resource Efficient Scotland.
• Scotherbs, Scotland’s only large-scale grower and importer of fresh culinary herbs, which has saved nearly £100,000 annually, mainly by cutting waste in its supply chain.
RES has a number of achievements under its belt in its first year:
• 33,000 organisations have engaged with the service;
• 25 large savings potential projects have been initiated, with 18 of these completed;
• Over £10 million in cost savings have been identified, primarily in energy efficiency;
• Built the award-winning Resource Efficient House, which has recently been Highly Commended at the RICS Scotland Awards and is currently a finalist at the Green Build Awards, in the Breakthrough Category
• Incorporated interest-free loans for SMEs as part of the overall support package, including a wider focus on energy, materials and water efficiency.
• Launched the Resource Efficiency Pledge, with Commonwealth Games and SECC as the first ambassadors. Businesses across Scotland are committing to make changes and the pledge will recognise their leadership in this area.
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:
“I’m delighted to be marking the first anniversary of our Resource Efficient Scotland programme, a unique and tailored service for organisations of all sizes and all types. Making resource efficiency savings happen is one of Zero Waste Scotland’s six key priorities and it’s great to see organisations across Scotland who are committing to take action at the event today. We will continue to provide support to those businesses and others to help them realise real savings through smarter resource use.”
Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland, said:
“In our first year we have engaged with over 33,000 organisations across Scotland. We provide sector specific support, are completely free, and as many of the businesses here today demonstrate, provide support which can result in substantial savings. In our second year we want to reach even more organisations and to see as many of those businesses as possible making savings.”
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism said:
“Resource efficiency, economic growth and working towards a more circular economy, are key priorities for the Scottish Government and businesses are a key vital part of that. By looking at where efficiencies can be made and being more energy and resource efficient, businesses in Scotland could cut costs significantly and reduce their impact on our environment.”
• Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
• Photographs from Resource Efficient Scotland ‘Sharing Success’ event attached
• Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
• Zero Waste Scotland works to maximise the efficient use of some of Scotland’s most valuable resources – materials, energy and water – to achieve economic and environmental benefits
• Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan.
• More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk ‘
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