Scottish scheme saved £40m on energy and waste

A Scottish Government programme has helped save almost £40 million in energy and waste costs since 2013. Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficient Scotland (RES)’ helps small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A Scottish Government programme has helped save almost £40 million in energy and waste costs since 2013.

Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficient Scotland (RES)’ helps small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) bring down costs by reducing their energy, water and raw materials usage.

The average saving for companies using the free service is around £16,000.

The initiative assigns a team of expert advisors to identify and address the most effective ways companies can affordably improve resource efficiency.

The programme offers free advice and technical support as well as sharing best practices and new technologies.

It has already helped a wide range of businesses, from hairdressers and hotels and restaurants and shops – those already receiving support include Gleneagles Hotel, Two Fat Ladies, SCVO and Edinburgh Leisure.

Marissa Lippiatt at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We are proud of the work we have undertaken in helping more than 3,000 businesses across Scotland but we know we can do more.

“We urge every SME owner to make that one call to RES so we can help you to reduce your energy, water and raw material use so you can lower bills and grow your business.”

The Scottish Government is offering £10 million of funding for innovative low carbon projects in rural parts of the country.