The Scottish Government has launched a programme to help businesses and the public sector make savings from resource efficiency measures, which it says are worth £2.9bn a year.
Three channels for getting free advice have been announced as part of Resource Efficient Scotland: a website, Freephone line, and on-site consultancy.
The programme is mainly web-based, and www.resourceefficientscotland.com gives free information on waste, energy and resource use. It includes a savings calculator so that organisations can realise the financial gains from taking action.
Businesses can also engage with the programme on Twitter @ResourceScot and the Freephone number is: 0808 808 2268.
Resource Efficient Scotland, which is to be managed by Zero Waste Scotland, will also lead resource efficiency projects in target sectors: food and drink, hospitality, construction and the public sector. It replaces separate services previously offered by Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland, which have been funded by Scottish Government since 2007.
Funding of £7m a year comes from the Scottish Government through the Zero Waste Scotland budget.
Environment secretary Richard Lochhead (left) said: “This will make it easier for Scotland’s businesses, and public and voluntary sector organisations to access practical, on-the-ground support to use resources more efficiently.”
This would help them to make savings and offer long-term benefits for global competitiveness, he added.
Director of Zero Waste Scotland and Resource Efficient Scotland Iain Gulland said: “The new programme is far-reaching and can offer support at different levels depending on what a business or a specific sector requires. The focus will be on implementation – not just advising on what needs to be done but helping those who want to take action to take action.”
Main image: Richard Lochhead, Environment Secretary (centre left); Lady Susan Rice, member of the 2020 Climate Group and Managing Director Lloyds Banking Group Scotland (right); Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland (centre right) and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA (left).