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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 :

Staff Engagement Toolkit

Our free staff engagement planner gives you step-by-step actions for motivating staff in your business. It contains links to all the free resources in our staff engagement toolkit, including posters, stickers, staff training presentations and quizzes.

Green Champions

If you’re keen to go green, our free, online Green Champions training course, broken into bite-size, 20 minute pieces, is designed for busy businesses like yours.

The course includes the case for resource efficiency; how to assess your energy use and needs; quick fixes to upgrade your lighting, heating and water; waste management policies covering reduce, re-use, recycle; and improving staff engagement and senior support.

You can choose to work through the whole course or cherry pick a selection of self-contained modules. Complete the foundation modules to receive your CPD certified Green Champions certificate and access partical and advance level modules. 

How to become a greener retailer and boost profits

A recent study showed that over a third of consumers are now buying from brands based on their social and environmental impact. Going green isn’t just about protecting the environment – it makes good business sense too. It will help satisfy your customers’ demands and enhance your competitive position as well as saving you money and boosting profits. This guide provides practical advice and ideas to help retailers get started and will help you: measure and monitor your resource use; reduce the energy costs associated with your lighting, heating and refrigeration; save water; manage waste; and understand what next steps you can take.

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.

 

Green network for businesses

We learn best when we learn from each other, which is why we’ve devised our green network, allowing you to plug into a network of like-minded organisations and see resource efficiency in action.

Just type in your postcode, and we'll plug you into your local network. We know you're busy, so we've enabled you to refine your search to specifics. Search by sector, by age of premises or by resource efficiency measures in the supply chain. Look up renewable technology options for being greener – from PV solar to biomass wood-chip boilers. The green network also enables you to see what the competition is up to, share information and best practice, and perhaps even lay the foundations for profitable partnerships.

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.

Green office guide

The office can have a heavy carbon footprint. Lighten the load with our essential green office guide, the practical handbook for the in-house eco-warrior. Containing all you need to know to slash water and energy consumption, and reduce waste, through thoughtful procurement, re-use and recycling. Not only will these ideas help you to clean up your act, it will trim your overall costs and buff up your environmental credentials.

One day, all offices could be like this! Grab our green office guide and get ahead of the field.

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!

Boiler replacement tool

If you are the initial stage of your building project you will be faced with a bewildering choice of heating technologies. This tool covers annual fuel consumption, emissions and costs for; electricity, natural gas, woodchip and district heating.

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