Sustainability on the menu as Scotland Food & Drink supports Resource Efficiency Pledge

Scotland Food & Drink is the latest organisation to become an official ambassador for the Resource Efficiency Pledge, showing strong commitment to making the industry more environmentally sustainable.

22 Aug 16

The Resource Efficiency Pledge is led by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, and works with businesses to help them reduce running costs and carbon emissions. By making the pledge, businesses can demonstrate their environmental responsibility, choosing a number of actions that will help save money and reduce their use of energy, water and raw materials.

As an ambassador, Scotland Food & Drink will spread the resource efficiency message to their 350 member organisations and encourage them to follow suit by making a pledge.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink comments:

“We are delighted to become an Ambassador for the Resource Efficiency Pledge as we continue to work closely with Zero Waste Scotland in helping the food and drink industry continually strengthen its environmental sustainability. The importance of sustainability is recognised by the industry strategy which the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership works on together to deliver. A resource efficient approach to business for both primary producers and food and drink manufacturers not only helps to protect our natural resources and improve productivity, it also reinforces the provenance and reputation of Scottish products.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s work to drive resource efficiency in the food and drink sector is helping to support the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation policy.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink; Marissa Lippiatt, Head of the Resource Efficient Scotland programme

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of the Resource Efficient Scotland programme said:

“I’m ‘deliciously pleased’ that Scotland Food & Drink is becoming an ambassador for the Resource Efficiency Pledge and supporting us to reach this key sector. The pledge helps businesses to save significant sums of money on their running costs, improve business efficiency and show off their green credentials all in one easy step.

“Resource Efficient Scotland is helping to support the Scottish Government’s new target of reducing food waste by 33 percent by 2025, so it’s great to see Scotland Food & Drink prioritising sustainability.”

Businesses, trade bodies and organisations with industry influence can apply to become Ambassadors for the Resource Efficiency Pledge. Learn more about the initiative and becoming an Ambassador at  

More information on the Resource Efficiency Pledge and the support available from Resource Efficient Scotland can be found at

The Resource Efficient Scotland programme has been funded through the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Notes For Editors

  • Resource Efficient Scotland 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.
  • Resource Efficient Scotland can also be referred to as “a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.”
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s work can be found at . Keep up to date with our latest news on - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the Scottish Government website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • Scotland Food & Drink is an industry-led, commercially focused membership organisation which aims to grow the value of the country’s food and drink sector to £16.5 billion by 2017 and build Scotland’s international reputation as a Land of Food and Drink. In February 2013, Scotland Food & Drink launched Making the Link, the first collaborative strategy developed with the input from various food and drink sectors. It is the first pan-industry strategy which articulates the food and drink sector’s Environmental Sustainability Ambition, and it recognises the importance of sustainability to the future success of the Scottish food and drink industry.
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