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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Resource Efficiency Pledge

This Scottish Government-backed scheme encourages Scottish businesses to save energy, water and raw materials, by showing their commitment to resource efficiency. 

Take the Pledge, and select three actions to tackle in the next 12 months. These range from reducing your electricity usage by five per cent, to promoting the use of public transport, to reducing the litter your business may accrue. 

In return we can give you branded marketing materials to promote your environmental commitment and one-to-one support to help you complete your chosen actions. And we'll award successful completion with a bronze certificate, which can be further upgraded to silver, gold and platinum.

 

Tips for buying resource efficiency equipment

Investing in resource efficiency equipment with a long lifespan can be challenging, not least because it’s not done every day. But no matter what you are purchasing you can follow the same process, the only difference being the time and effort the tasks warrant. This guide sets out that process and helps you make the right purchasing choices to ensure that you enjoy maximum benefits from your projects.

Lighting improvements calculator tool

Before you spend your hard earned cash on new lighting, do make use of the calculator that will help you work out your initial costs, potential savings and payback period. 

Environmental policy

Environmental policies can be tedious, insincere and uninformative. But yours needn't be! Allow us to help you formulate a meaningful environmental policy that communicates the unique nature of your organisation, and your unique contribution to mitigating climate change and meeting your environmental commitments. Don't let your policy be dismal and run-of-the-mill – let it be passionate, articulate, and world-shaking!

How to audit your business energy consumption

Read our free guide - How to Conduct an Energy Audit and use it in conjunction with the Energy Audit Action Plan and Energy Audit Checklist. We’re here to help you find ways to cut your energy consumption and costs. 

How to measure and monitor your business energy use

You can only measure what you are monitoring and it’s no different with energy. Our guide shows you how to keep track of your energy usage plus a simple energy tracking spreadsheet keeps your records handy.

Food redistribution guidance and supporting documentation

We have developed a Food Redistribution Guidance Document in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland to tell you all you need to know about how to redistribute surplus food. From how to identify surplus food to food safety considerations the guide will lead you through the process.

Your guide to preventing food waste in hospitality

Most business do not realise how much food waste costs them. The cost of food waste from the UK hospitality and service sector was estimated at over £2.5 billion in 2016. That’s not small potatoes. For every meal your food-based business serves up, approximately half a kilo of food waste is produced. Which amounts to almost £1 per serving?

Manufacturing sector – guide on food waste prevention

Food waste generated in the food and drink manufacturing sector costs businesses an estimated £950 per tonne. The industry has a key role to play in helping to reduce food waste.

Guide to designing out construction waste

A complete guide to designing waste out of a construction project for clients, designers and contractors.  All aspects of the whole life of a building is covered from initial design to decommissioning. The aims of the guide are to help reduce the use of virgin materials, optimise resource-efficient maintenance and repair, and maximise re-use of materials at the end of life. This easy to read guide will help you make informed decisions that will save you both time and money. 

Waste prevention beats waste management – hands down. 

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