Resource Use

Businesses urged to make Resource Efficiency Pledge

(L-R): Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead; Alan Cuggy of SECC; Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland; and Gareth Talbot of Glasgow 2014.

The Resource Efficiency Pledge (REP), a new scheme that aims to support Scottish businesses in using their resources more efficiently, was officially launched yesterday (23 April), and has already seen more than 70 businesses sign up.

The REP is being delivered by Resource Efficient Scotland – a Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) programme designed to provide a ‘one-stop-shop to help businesses reduce their energy, water and raw materials usage’ – and asks businesses to pick between three and six resource efficiency ‘actions’ from across the categories of Business Process; Staff Engagement; and Supply Chain to complete over the course of 12 months.

Suggested pledges include:

  • committing to measure the use of energy, water and waste on projects and reporting via the REP’s online portal annually;
  • engaging staff to help cut energy use;
  • increasing the amount of waste recycling by a minimum of five per cent;
  • reducing waste arisings by five per cent;
  • taking part in the ‘construction material exchange’ to share unwanted materials with others, and source materials from the exchange when possible’ and
  • developing and sharing an environmental policy.

How REP works

Once signed up, businesses can access ‘specialist advice and support’ to help them manage their resources more efficiently, and will receive certificates and marketing materials to promote their involvement to clients and stakeholders.

If all actions have been achieved after 12 months, pledgers will receive a ‘bronze award’ in recognition, moving on towards achieving silver, gold and platinum over subsequent years.

Any business located in Scotland can sign up to the pledge online, while industries and trade bodies may also sign up to become ‘Pledge Ambassadors’and promote the message of resource efficiency to business networks, customers and supply chains.

Over 70 businesses, including Glasgow Airport and Standard Life, have already signed up to REP and will be announcing what actions they will be taking in due course.

According to ZWS, the free, nationwide scheme can help businesses:

  • lower costs;
  • improve productivity;
  • reduce risks;
  • enhance reputation; and
  • increase competitiveness.

It forms part of Resource Efficient Scotland’s efforts to help deliver £2.9 billion of savings and boost resource security.

Demonstrating commitment to the environment’

Speaking of REP, Iain Gulland, Director of ZWS, said: “The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a way to make it easy for Scottish businesses to work through simple steps to reduce their resource use, save money and demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

“Our Resource Efficient Scotland team can provide expert advice to any business, no matter how big or small, to help firms reduce energy, water and raw material costs and the pledge is a great way to show customers and partners that your business is environmentally responsible.”

SECC first venue to sign up

At the official launch yesterday, it was also announced that the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has become the first venue to sign up to the pledge.

It has pledged to improve recycling rates and energy efficiency, and is focusing on staff engagement to ensure a ‘team effort’.

The SECC campus will be the largest precinct venue of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (hosting seven events including boxing, gymnastics and weightlifting, as well as being the location of the ‘main media hub’ for the national and international press), whose organising committee will act as ambassadors for REP by promoting it to the games’ venues and suppliers, and ‘to the Scottish events sector as a whole’.

SECC Safety, Health and Environment Manager Alan Cuggy, said: “We are delighted to be the first venue to sign up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge as it will provide both the inspiration and motivation to enhance our environmental performance in what is a competitive and challenging business. 

“The Resource Efficiency Pledge will build upon our previous achievements recognised through the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Star Award.”

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, added: “Glasgow 2014 is pleased to support the Resource Efficiency Pledge.

“As an Organising Committee and in collaboration with our Games Partners and stakeholders we are working hard to deliver a sustainable Commonwealth Games, embed resource efficiency in all aspects of games delivery and we hope to share our learning with future Games Host Cities and the wider events sector.”

Find out more about the Resource Efficiency Pledge.