Businesses urged to make resource efficiency top of their resolutions list

As businesses and organisations across Scotland return to work after the festive break, Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, is encouraging them to make a New Year’s Resolution to use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. 

6 Jan 15

By signing up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge, businesses and organisations can demonstrate their commitment to the environment by making a commitment to complete a minimum of three actions over the course of 12 months, ranging from engaging staff to cut their energy use to implementing measures to reduce waste, with the opportunity to progress year on year.  More than 70 businesses including Network Rail, Gordon & MacPhail and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre have already made a Pledge. 

Businesses can sign up to the pledge on the Resource Efficient Scotland website, where they will also find a range of free support tools to help them fulfil their pledge.  For example, the Savings Finder is a great starting point for making a Resource Efficiency Pledge as it highlights key areas for improvement by providing organisations with a comprehensive and bespoke report based on current resource use. Decision makers just need to complete a quick online questionnaire to receive instant access to a host of recommendations, which can inform which direction their chosen pledge actions should take.  

Organisations can also make staff training one of their Pledges with the Green Champions Training Course, an online resource providing staff with the skills and knowledge to implement more resource efficient processes and support their organisation in its efforts.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland said: “Making resource efficiency a resolution for the New Year doesn’t just benefit the environment, it can also lead to cost savings and a competitive advantage for businesses.  Setting these resolutions can help businesses to focus their attention and form collective goals for the organisation to work towards, making targets more achievable.

“Whether this is the first steps towards sustainability, or a further progression by an organisation already leading the way, I hope that businesses across Scotland will consider making a Pledge for 2015.”

For more information and to access the tools, visit or call 0808 808 2268.

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